‘Back to School’ for the health-conscious elderly

IT’S back to school for elderly residents of Choa Chu Kang GRC – at least where health is concerned, that is.

The Health Promotion Board (HPB), Choa Chu Kang grassroots organisation and South View Primary School have jointly organised a pilot programme aimed at improving the health of elderly residents.

The “Back to School” initiative, launched by Health Minister Gan Kim Yong yesterday morning, involves the use of classroom-based activities and hands-on workshops to educate those aged 50 and above on the importance of getting flu vaccinations, mental well-being and good dental hygiene.

HPB chief executive Ang Hak Seng said the flu, if left untreated, could lead to serious illnesses, such as pneumonia, but could easily be prevented with regular flu vaccination.

“By bringing them back to school, not only do they learn to be healthy but also to have their routine dental check and receive the flu vaccine all under one roof,” said Ang. — The Straits Times / Singapore News Network

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