If you are caring for a senior, you may be wondering how to keep your loved ones occupied.
You may be looking for activities, companionship, caregiving or exercise related services for your loved ones.
I’ve compiled a list of options that you can consider. This is definitely not a comprehensive list.
If you know of any services that you think I should add, please let me know!
I’ve been to AMKFSC’s Senior Activity Hub in Punggol with my grandma. It is quite a positive experience. They have a weekly schedule of activities that range from afternoon exercises, karaoke to arts and craft.
I’m not too sure if all the Senior Activity Centres are open to everyone though? According to Singapore Silver Pages, you have to meet their eligibity criteria and apply first.
There’s too many senior activity centres that it’s impossible to list them all. But, you can definitely look for one near you with the help of Google.
There are a few exercise options for seniors.
Extracted from their site — This space was set up by SG Enable, a government-established body that is dedicated to enabling people with disabilities. This is the first inclusive gym where people with disabilities, seniors and the able-bodied can come together to work out and participate in selected sports programmes together.
It is near Redhill MRT station.
Extracted from their site — The ASPIRE55 Introduction Programme is designed to help you improve on your muscle strength and balance after 10 weeks. Over 150 older adults have graduated to date. You will experience our small group strength training programme twice a week, led by an ASPIRE55 trainer. Each week, learn new exercises that will assist you with falls prevention, improvement of balance and muscles strength.
1 Commonwealth Lane #08-34
I’m not exactly sure how Gym Tonic works but I read about it in the news previously.
They offer strength training for seniors using gym equipment (I think). I believe that they are still in the pilot phases but you can still sign up if you’re keen.
One of our friends in our Fighting Dementia group shared that she tried silver circle active sg gym, enabling village active sg gyms and ASPIRE 55. She prefers ASPIRE 55 even though it has a higher price point. Because, the trainers are extremely encourging and hands on.
Her mother works on core mobility, stretching and exercising smaller muscle groups during these sessions. They are important muscles becuse they support the larger muscles.
It’s a good mix of machine, stretching and very light weights. Cardio wise, they will do up a health check and advise accordingly.
3. Befriending & Care Support
If you’re looking for active rehabilitation, community nursing, and personalised dementia care, you can check out NTUC Silver Circle.
There’s also Senior Day Care options that range from $900 to $1500 monthly and provide exercise, personal care and social and recreational activities. You can apply here.
4. Seniors with dementia
Seniors with dementia can try out Alzheimers’ Dementia Association’s Families of Wisdom programme which is a small group programme where facilities will engage caregivers and seniors in activities.
Seniors are broken into small groups based on the severity of their condition, and their various interests.
Montessori for Dementia Care also offers sessions for seniors to exercise their memory, staying creative, and purposefully active with the goal of continuing to learn and live a life of dignity.
They have an Activity Centre, providing daily 3-hour sessions with diverse activities, with group or individualised sessions. Activities like cooking, music, arts and crafts, exercise, and conversation offer a diverse and social experience.
I believe that there are many more services out there? And, I may have barely scratched the surface.
But, the objective is really to list some available services out there in case you’re looking for something.
I’ve also heard about the red tape involved in getting seniors placed in some of these programmes.
So, I guess if you’re waiting too long to hear back from one service provider, maybe you can try other services?
Let me know if I got anything wrong of if you have anything that you want to share.