My Centre @ Moulmein (MCM) is a community project by Viriya Community Services to promote successful ageing-in-place for our senior members.
We have been serving the residents of Moulmein and Whampoa South Constituencies for more than 10 years. MCM focuses on meeting the needs and enhancing the quality of life of seniors aged 55 and above through active community engagements and inter-generation bonding. When needed, our members are also supported with case work and counselling by our professional social workers and counsellors.
Through specially designed programmes, MCM hopes to increase the personal capabilities of our senior members to age in place while enhancing their quality of life through building up their social capital, via a strong positive social support network, and accessibility that requires social and other supportive services.
MCM’s activities focus on three main domains:
Mahjong is a game of strategy and skill played with tiles featuring Chinese characters. According to recent psychiatric and cognitive behavioural studies, it is a mental exercise that can have powerful effects on improving memory and reducing the risk of dementia in old folks.
A study was done by Hong Kong researchers in 2006 involving participants of median age 83 years old and diagnosed with dementia (DSM-IV). Results indicated improvements after playing mahjong two to four times a week over the course of 16 weeks. The study also showed that the positive effects lasted over a month after the participants stopped playing. Additional studies also indicated that playing mahjong reduces the risk of ever developing dementia in the first place.
Timing of Mahjong Session: 2pm to 5.30pm daily
Who can play?
Music therapy has been recognized as a powerful and important therapeutic modality applied to a wide range of psychiatric conditions including dementia. It is one of the many forms of music therapy that is less likely to be affected by social anxiety and has been shown to reduce agitated behavior in demented elderly.
Karaoke creates physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic and spiritual experiences which allows the participant to identify themselves with characters and moods pictured and described in the songs they perform. Participants can also conversely project and express their own feelings in the songs they perform.
Timing of Karaoke Session:
Every Monday 10.30am to 12.30pm
Every Wednesday 2pm to 5.30pm
Who can participate?
Aqua Aerobics is a type of resistance training through performance of aerobic exercises in shallow water, such as a swimming pool. One does not need to be a strong swimmer to participate in this exercise.
The use of water in aqua aerobics supports up to 80% of the body weight and reduces strain on the joints, back and torso. This reduces the risk of muscle or joint injury. Exercising in water can also prevent overheating through continuous cooling of the body.
Other benefits of aqua aerobics:
– Quick Muscular Endurance:
The high density of water, as compared to air, leads to increased resistance. This builds-up toned and endured muscle mass all around the body. Also, one tends to get quicker results exercising in the water than on land.
– Improved Flexibility:
The reduced effect of gravitational force in water leads to improved flexibility in the body. The joints can be easily moved through a wider range of motion, which makes water aerobics all the more beneficial as we age. Since there is no joint pain caused, you can perform the exercise without any kind of anxiety.
– Improved Cardiovascular Conditioning:
Water aerobics exercises prove to be extremely beneficial in terms of cardiovascular conditioning. In such an exercise, the heart rate is maintained at a lower rate, when compared to cycling or running. The heart seems to work better when you indulge in water aerobics.
– Burn Calories:
We all know that exercising is the best way to get rid of bulging fats and the ever-increasing waistline. However, water aerobics is more effective in this aspect than land exercises too. It leads to a loss of about 450 to 700 calories per hour.
Timing of Aqua Aerobics: Every Tuesday 9.30am to 10.30pm at Farrer Park Aquatic Centre.
Who can participate?
The genuine reflexology is the application of pressure onto particular areas on the soles of the feet. A reflex action in parts of the body is stimulated by the manipulation of each specific area. According to Chinese medicine, the sensory nerves of the internal organs that spread throughout the body are mainly gathered around the sole of the feet. Therefore, the massage is effective in stimulating the functions of the internal organs.
Benefits of Foot Reflexology Massage:
Timing of Foot Reflexology Session:
Every Tuesday 9.30am to 6.00pm
Every Thursday 9.30am to 3.00pm
Who can participate?
Fee: $8 Per Session (30 minutes per session) or $30 for 5 sessions
The gains of playing bingo are almost unlimited and may be mental, psychological and social in nature. Studies shows that bingo games rejuvenate the minds of its players. Visual acuity and fast hand-eye coordination is needed in scanning their cards and marking their numbers as quickly as they can. People had assumed that visual skills tend to drop as people age, which might not be the case. These skills may be declining due to the lack of usage. With regular bingo playing, players stand a greater chance of keeping their minds alert.
Playing bingo is also a great socializing platform as players get to develop friendships with fellow bingo players. It gives them a chance to relax and mingle with people who have the same interests as them.
Timing of BINGO: Every Friday 3pm to 4pm
Who can participate?
If you have a green thumb and a keen interest in nature, come join us at our community garden where like-minded individuals work together to grow everything from herbs to flowering plants and edible greens. Aside from it being a good exercise, you get to meet fellow plant enthusiasts as well as reap the satisfaction of watching the plants blossom and grow under your care.
Timing of Gardening Session: Daily 8am to 10am
Who can sign up?
To register, please contact Maureen Ng or Eddy Teo at 6293 4339 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
VCS started Learn My Dialect (LMD) in 2005. LMD taps on the potential and skills of our seniors to benefit their peers, as well as the society. The elderly would teach dialects to interested participants such as students, healthcare professionals and social workers.
The programme enables the seniors to remain connected to the society, build up their social network and bridge communication gap with the young to enhance inter-generational bonding.
Who Should Attend?
S$40.00 nett per class per hour, capped at maximum class size of 30 students.