JOHOR BARU: Senior citizens are encouraged to live an active lifestyle and take part in community activities or rejoin the workforce.
Johor Women Development and Tourism Committee chairman Liow Cai Tung said the state government lauded initiatives taken by retirees to go back to work as a way to stay active.
“Retired professionals are welcome to go back to work as they have an ocean of knowledge and experience that can be helpful to companies or the public sector’s growth.
“They can come in as advisers or consultants and guide the younger people in learning the ropes,” she said during the Walk4health community run organised by the Johor Baru Senior Citizens Association here.
“Those keen to go back to work should be given the chance to do so if they meet the requirements,” she said, adding that employers should be open to giving this group a chance.
Liow said the senior citizens could work shorter hours or make other arrangements to suit them.
“As for those content to enjoy retirement after years of working, make sure to stay active physically and mentally.
“Take part in community programmes or take up a sport or hobby,” she said.
She added that there were 12 senior citizens’ activity centres, known as Pusat Aktiviti Warga Emas (PAWE), in Johor where they could socialise and take part in various activities.
“At these centres, they can learn skills such as cooking or knitting, and enjoy recreational activities.
“They will also meet and get to know others in a similar situation,” she said.
Liow said the state government allocated RM800,000 this year for the development and maintenance of the centres.
“Two centres in Pengerang and Labis are now being upgraded at a cost of RM100,000 each and are expected to reopen by the yearend,” she said.
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