林悦治 Lim Yak Tee,66
许罗妮 Koh Loh Nee,84
刘美田 Low Mee Tien,76
许养 Koh Yeo,76
吴雅妹 Goh Ah Moi,61
王宝玉Ong Poo Git,64
郑莲花Tay Lian Huay,70
罗妮：我有“不轻易放弃”的做人态度。很多朋友都不敢学游泳，但我很有耐心，慢慢学，一定能学会。我觉得应该Open Your Heart! （打开您的心）去学习新的东西。
陈福明Tan Hock Main,66
Recalling life during the past one year, the elderly in Bukit Batok and Jurong East feel that they have really been very happy everyday living an active lifestyle. They have found great joy in little things in their retirement age. Here, they share their thoughts with us.
Exercise for Health
Koh Yeo: I had a difficult time in the past, working without proper health care. But after having practised tai chi for than 20 years I am now stronger and able to enjoy life more. I am now participating in the Music Therapy Exercise and playing ping pong every Monday; these exercises are not too strenuous for me.
Yak Tee: The way to stay healthy is to be always cheerful. One should not worry unnecessarily or get angry easily because such negative thoughts affect our health.
Loh Nee: I learned to swim at 70. Although I am now 84 years old, I still swim twice a week, and take part in Music Therapy Exercise. I believe that exercise helps my body and mind to work better.
Mee Tien: Exercise is the first thing I think of when I wake up because I have nothing better to do in the mornings. I exercise a few times a week because I believe that maintaining good health requires exercise. But, in old age, one does have to be careful not to overstrain.
Harmony within the Family
Mee Tien: I value my family very much. I cook dinner for my family on weekdays.. It is not difficult or tiring when this is done with love in my heart. I enjoy having the whole family eating together, especially seeing the smiles on my grandchildren as they enjoy my simple home-cooked meal.
This is the moment of my day when I feel inexplicably happy. I have a wonderful relationship with my grandchildren with whom I can chat the whole day.
Lian Huay: I do not have high expectations from my family members. They do what they can for me, but they have their own problems trying to make a living. One should not waste precious moments of one’s life by criticising the younger generation. Wish them well. I feel lucky every minute of the day just to be alive and well.
Koh Yeo: Family harmony is very important to me. It is sometimes difficult, with disagreements, differences of opinion, different priorities in life, but I try to maintain a happy, united and harmonious family atmosphere at all times.
Fun in Retirement
Yak Tee: I love to travel and to explore new places. My husband and I sometimes join outings with Concern & Care Society (CCS) and it is always fun to be outdoors.
Poh Git: Singaporeans always say "Money not enough" but I always say. “Time not enough.” I love to fill up my life with work, sports, socialising with friends, family gatherings and housework. A busy schedule always makes me feel good. Of course having more money would be great but to me, an active life in old age is more important. I enjoy a good meal, give my best in everything I do, am easygoing and get along with everyone.
Ah Moi: My family members are also my friends. Just as we never ask our friends for more than they can give, I never need to impose my needs on my children. They are very attentive; they know my needs and always ensure that I am well taken care of.
Loh Nee: I believe in the advice "just do it" and I love freedom. I keep myself updated with the latest news and information, so that I know where in the city I can go to for new experiences. I believe in being independent and I can be quite happy ‘doing my own thing’ at times when family and friends are busy with their own lives and are unable to keep me company
Friends of the Elderly
Yak Tee: I did not have many friends even though I had lived in Bukit Batok for more than 30 years until I found Concern & Care Society. I do not just stay at home now, I come to the centre and make friends. We chat, play games, take part in various activities and generally have a good time.
Ah Moi: I have many friends. They do seem to enjoy having me around because I am always cheerful and I like to bring joy to everyone.
Hock Main: I love to make friends. I am helpful, easy-going and friends and I enjoy each other’s company.
Lian Huay: CCS is my second home, a place I am at every day . I have made a lot of friends here, and we are all like one big happy family.
Learning at Old Age
Loh Nee: I never give up easily. Even at my age, I learned to swim, so I believe that learning at any age is not impossible. As an elderly person, one must continue to open one’s heart and mind to learning new things.
Hock Main: I am from Myanmar which is a country with natural disasters and an unstable political environment. Here in Singapore, I have found that the elderly are very lucky. They live in a safe environment and are able to get involved in most activities. At CCS, I am able to learn English, play Rummy-O games, write Chinese calligraphy and do so much more, all of which I thoroughly enjoy.
Lian Huay: My grandchildren taught me to play online games and now I switch on the computer everyday to play these games! I joined a snooker class last year and I have come to love this game. Learning is not only fun, but also beneficial to our mental health.
From these conversations with the elderly, we have learnt that there is so much more life to live even in old age, so much more to learn and so many things to do. As the Nike advertisement says, and as all of us agree, ‘Just Do It.’.