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Programme launched to encourage seniors to live active life

Called Active 55+ programme, it aims to encourage seniors to be more proactive in finding ways to improve their golden years.

SINGAPORE: A new initiative for seniors above 55 years old to live an active life was launched on Saturday (Aug 16). Called Active 55+ programme, it caters to the labour movement's (NTUC) U Live Community.

The community has more than doubled in size, growing from 70,000 in 2009 to over 155,000 members today, with some 1,300 new members turning 55 every month.

NTUC members above 55 years old can sign up for the Active 55+ programme. It has five stages, including a compulsory introductory workshop, and takes participants about three to six months to complete.

One stage is a health workshop where members attend a day-long chronic disease talk as well as screening and management workshop by the Health Promotion Board.

Mr Yeo Khee Leng, CEO of NTUC Club, said: "These courses are all very structured. They come in modules so the Active 55 can actually select what they really want, what interests them. They are all very good courses, led by very, very experienced people who are themselves active agers. The courses are not expensive and they don't really take up much time."

The programme was launched by labour chief Lim Swee Say. It aims to encourage seniors to be more proactive in finding ways to improve their golden years. Members can sign up for the courses at the U LIVE website. The courses start next month and members will receive a certificate after completing the programme.

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