Mental stimulation for seniors

Da Ma Cai volunteers serving lunch to the elderly.

DA MA CAI staff had a rewarding experience when they visited Rumah Sejahtera Seri Kembangan (RSSK) in Seri Kembangan, bringing broad smiles and happy chatter to the group of senior citizens.

Upon arriving at the old folks’ home, the volunteers were greeted by RSSK executive secretary Thong Sing Foo who showed them around the buildings and the beautifully landscaped grounds.

Volunteers then began chatting with the elderly who were eager for company. Then it was time for lunch, and the old folk were treated to a delicious buffet spread prepared by volunteers.

Shortly after the meal, the residents played a game of Bingo.

This good old-fashioned game required them to focus on their cards to mark quickly and correctly as numbers were called so that they could be the first to yell “Bingo!”.

During the fun game, the residents giggled and chatted with each other while competing to win some awesome prizes.

There were no losers as at the end of the game, everyone present was rewarded with a special gift.

A mesmerising magic performance followed right after the game. The elderly laughed at all the magician’s funny tricks and even got involved in helping to make the magic work.

Senior citizens focusing on their Bingo game.
Senior citizens focusing on their Bingo game.

“Our residents enjoyed the Bingo game so much that even the most introverted seniors were comfortable enough to strike up a conversation with others,” said Thong.

“As an old Chinese saying goes ‘Of all the actions of man, there is none greater than filial piety’, we urge the public to spend a little time with our residents here by playing some engaging games to cheer them up.”

A Da Ma Cai volunteer said: “Respect for elders and taking care of them is part of our upbringing.

“We are glad the residents had fun together during this social visit.

“After all, joy, amusement and mental stimulation are necessary for every senior’s overall well-being.”

In conjunction with Wesak Day, Da Ma Cai made a contribution of RM7,000 in the form of grocery vouchers to RSSK.

RSSK was established in the 1950s and the home now houses 16 senior citizens aged between 60 and 86.

As a non-profit organisation, the home is fully-funded by public donations for its operations and expenses, including food and medication.

For details, call Thong at 03-8942 5861.

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