Meeting the mental and physical needs of the elderly

  • Metro News
  • Monday, 10 Feb 2020

Chan (fifth left), staff and residents of the home who were born in the Year of the Rat taking part in a cake-cutting ceremony.

RESIDENTS, volunteers, friends and staff members of the Penang Home for the Infirm and Aged enjoyed a scrumptious reunion dinner.

Hosted by home president Datuk Chan Ban Eng at the home’s function hall, the occasion was aimed at giving thanks to the volunteers for their assistance.

Guests at the dinner were entertained by dances, choir singing and 24-festive drums performance by students of Penang Chinese Girls’ School.

In his speech, Chan said he gained some understanding of the needs of the elderly after serving at the home for more than 35 years.

“On the physical aspect, the elderly need sunshine, fresh air, a suitable diet, regular exercise and necessary medication to stay healthy.

“The idea is to keep their immune system intact to fend off illness.”

Chan added that senior citizens’ mental and emotional needs included the company of others.

“They normally fear loneliness which might lead to depression if not properly addressed.

“Do encourage them to take up a hobby or pursue some form of learning.

“This will keep their minds alert and occupied.

“As a caregiver of elderly people, a lot of patience and understanding is required, ” he added.

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