NTUC launches new Active 55+ programme for seniors

SINGAPORE - Active 55+, a new programme designed to empower seniors above 55 years old to live a Happy, Healthy, Productive and Purposeful (H2P2) lifestyle, was launched today by NTUC Secretary-General Mr Lim Swee Say at the annual U Live Symposium.

A NTUC statement said that the programme caters to the U Live community which has more than doubled in size from 70,000 members in 2009 to over 155,000 members currently, with some 1,300 new members turning 55 every month.

Members can look forward to improve their work and social lives, and learn how to be more proactive to improve their golden years. Active 55+ members will also become part of a close-knit group with fellow participants, while benefiting from the planned curriculum of workshops and activities. They will presented with a certificate upon completion of the programme, which takes approximately six months to complete.

Speaking at the U Live Symposium, Mr Lim told participants: "We want to remind ourselves and the world, that at 55+, we still have a sense of purpose, the zest for life, and the desire to keep our minds stimulated. It is with experience, and continued learning, that we are able to tackle everyday challenges, with the confidence that you are continuing to make positive contributions at work. At 55+, YOU are BETTER, WISER, FITTER - wise beyond your years with a wealth of experience and growing knowledge, and health-conscious enough to be very effective at work and play! This is a journey of change and personal empowerment that U Live will accompany you on through the Active 55+ Programme."

At the symposium, participants can select from workshop topics ranging from health to smartphone literacy, enjoy a movie, and look out for career and employment opportunities. They can also take part in an array of free activities at the Active Zone, where they can learn Zumba, Aerobics and even Drum and Percussion Jam on the spot.

Mr Heng Chee How, Deputy Secretary-General of NTUC added, "We want to recognise and be grateful for the many contributions that mature workers make, and cheer them on their 55+ adventure. Towards this end, we will be starting an "Appreciating U - Our Mature Workers" photograph contest from Aug 19 to capture their special spirit."