A senior citizens' fitness corner and active ageing club were launched in Hong Kah North constituency on Saturday afternoon, in response to recent surveys done by residents to find out how the neighbourhood could become more elder-friendly.
Grassroots leaders and senior citizens who did a town audit, suggested measures like installing railings for pavements and sloped walkways, more benches for resting, drain covers to prevent falls, bigger wording on signboards and levelling of uneven surfaces.
Findings from a needs survey of about 300 respondents also revealed that 78 percent of elderly residents are interested in social activities, while more than half said they would join an active ageing club. Over 80 percent said that they are active and can live independently.
Such feedback is especially important as the estate, located in Bukit Batok, has almost a third of residents aged 50 and above, said Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Health and Member of Parliament for Hong Kah North. "The plan is to launch more of such fitness corners... to make them more accessible to the seniors and encourage more to exercise on a regular basis," she said.
Five other constituencies - Bukit Batok East, Kembangan-Chai Chee, MacPherson, Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng and Kampong Glam - will also conduct similar surveys and audits to reach out to their senior citizens. They were awarded $50,000 grants earlier this month by the Health Ministry to enhance elder-friendly features.