Senior activity centre opens in Taman Jurong

Photo above: Mr Tharman (centre) and Madam Halimah (behind him) visiting the Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities senior activity centre in Taman Jurong where elderly residents can surf the Internet using iPads. Other amenities include a small library and a do-it-yourself health station.

SINGAPORE - Elderly residents of Taman Jurong can enjoy a round of karaoke, exercise and surf the Internet using iPads now that there is a new senior activity centre in their neighbourhood.

Set up and run by the Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities, the centre at Block 337, Tah Ching Road, was opened officially on Sunday by Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam and Minister of State for Social and Family Development Halimah Yacob.

"The first thing we wanted to do was to make sure our senior citizens can get support for health problems and social support in one place," said Mr Tharman, who is also Finance Minister.

Other amenities available at the new centre include a small library, a do-it-yourself blood pressure and body-mass-index monitoring station and a fleet of motorised scooters, which elderly residents can borrow.

The centre also offers a concierge service, much like those offered at hotels, which provides assistance to elderly residents, said Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities divisional director S. Tiwari.

This can range from accompanying them to see a doctor to helping them read and translate letters, he added.

The senior activity centre, which cost about $250,000 to build, opens daily from 8.30am to 6pm and will extend its operating hours to 8pm daily from next month.

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