Thursday, June 24, 2010
文 / 王国福
Morning Laughter; the Best Medicine
Text by: Bryan Ong
Rain or shine, since our Neighbourhood Link in Bukit Batok started operations, elderly folks of all races and religions have been gathering outside the premises, every Monday to Saturday morning, waiting to start their day right with a good workout.
Morning Music Therapy Exercise has never ceased since the day it started in 2003, and the number of participants keeps growing. Everyday, our volunteers take turns to lead the morning workout.
As more and more elderly folks gather together, it is a common sight to see lots of smiles and laughter throughout the outdoor area where the exercise is being held. Furthermore, when someone arrives, everyone will exchange auspicious greetings with the newcomer.
The entire exercise routine seems effortless to many passersby, but I can assure you that it’s no walk in the park for the weak. Music with a variety of rhythms is played throughout the entire workout, bringing one’s heartbeat up and down. A series of movements is taught, where one needs to coordinate both hands and legs movements all at the same time.
You will be surprised how lively our elderly folks can get when the music starts rolling. Punches, kicks, squats, these are some of the common movements repeated in the exercise. And surprisingly, no one seems to be out of breath anytime during the routine.
Accompanying the vigorous exercises, the workout consist of yet another less tedious side. Proper stretches, together with appropriate breathing, calms the mind and body of the elderly folks. Simple items such as wooden sticks and towels are also being used in the exercise routine to help increase blood circulation.
Seeing such captivating exercise, our wheelchair bound elderly friends also join in the fun. They can be seen trying with utmost effort to follow closely the movements of the workout. Occasionally, we can also see some heart warming sights, when other elderly folks assist their wheelchair bound friends with the trickier movements.
It’s a well known fact that those who work together hand-in-hand will bond together. Medical evidence confirms the health benefits of daily morning exercise. Not only does it keep one healthy, it makes one look younger as well.
So, if you want to improve your health, look good and enjoy the company of our friendly elderly folks, do join us!
Monday, June 14, 2010
A Lesson of ‘Art Therapy’
Today’s lessons, the instructor helped us to recall, recover our long-lost image of childhood.
Each was given a sheet of paper, and followed the instruction to draw his own. He passed it on to other partners who sat in a circle to continue to draw on it. Some drew a full moon; next one added a few stars. Some drew a shining hot sun in the blue stars. His partner added a flight of birds, grass field, some insects if you like. Later, you might draw an old house, and your friend helped to add two persons staying in it. All the pictures look nice. It might be imaginative as a heavenly steed soaring across the sky.
Well, most of us were acting like an old fogey. When the original piece that we drew earlier came back to our own hands, wow! It had changed a lot, although, no focus, quite disorderly, but it still presented something. It was fascinating and funny. No matter how it looked like, good or bad, but all of us really enjoyed doing it. We all have enjoyed this drawing lesson vicariously like back to childhood innocence.