New web portal for Mandarin-speaking seniors

SINGAPORE - Mandarin-speaking senior citizens now have an online Chinese portal to find out more about topics ranging from current affairs to lifestyle activities.

The Council for Third Age (C3A) launched a Chinese version of their one-stop web portal for seniors on Wednesday. A pilot version was launched last May.

It is designed with large font options and has a user-friendly layout for the elderly. The platform works with more than 120 partners to feature news, events, activities and promotions for seniors.

An English version has received 1.2 million page views and more than 200,000 unique visitors since it was launched in 2012.

Mr Heng Chee How, Senior Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office and chairman for the active ageing and employability sub-committee, was the guest-of-honour at the launch.

He said: "Seniors today have access to technology and many are using it to stay in touch with their friends and relatives through various platforms including social media. It is encouraging to see seniors embracing technology to stay connected."