Finding Confidence & Joy @ Fei Yue Active Ageing Centres (AAC)

In this article, a member of Fei Yue Active Ageing Centre (AAC) shares her personal journeys towards discovering newfound joy and experiencing a renewed sense of confidence through FYCS’s programmes for seniors.

Mdm Low (First Lady from Right), Member of Fei Yue Active Ageing Centre (Holland Close) celebrating her birthday together with the other members.

Our Active Ageing Centres (AAC) serve as a key point of contact for seniors under our care.

In this article, we are excited to share the inspiring story of Mdm. Low Kam Lan, a 75-year-old member who has experienced a remarkable transformation in her outlook on life. Through her active involvement in our thoughtfully planned activities for seniors, she has not only found newfound joy but also gained a renewed sense of confidence.

The Journey to Joining Fei Yue Active Ageing Centres (AAC)

Mdm Low Kam Lan, 75 years old, became a member of Fei Yue  Active Ageing Centre (Holland Close) (Formally known as Senior Activity Centre (SAC) in 2004.) As a single mother, she had to work to provide basic necessities and education for her children. 

Initially, Mdm Low did not participate much in the programmes offered in the AAC as she worked part time and devotes her free time to caring for her grandchildren at her children’s place. She moved back to her rental unit at Holland Close Blk 1 to stay alone in 2013 as her grandchildren grew up.

With the sudden loss of her role, she felt sad and lonely, as she had no place to go. She was then encouraged by her friends and staff to join in the programmes organised by Fei Yue Active Ageing Centres).

Overcoming Self-Doubt: Triumph Through AAC’s Support

Mdm Low was initially hesitant to participate in  activities and took some time to adapt to the environment. However, through the encouragement of Fei Yue AAC’s staff and her friends, she started to open up and slowly enjoy the centre’s activities. 

She was able to make new friends through various programmes in the centre and she started to commit herself to joining the AAC’s programmes every day. Noting her enthusiasm, our staff managed to encourage her to take on new roles, such as volunteering and joining different centre programmes.

Even though Mdm Low felt that she did not have the means to be a volunteer as she was illiterate, staff assured her and encouraged her as they guided her on the steps.

This was a turning point for her, as she slowly realised that she could actually do things that she never thought she could.

She also credited the centre’s special project, “M-power Your Future” , a programme where she was able to do and learn things that she had not done before, such as planning and running programmes for seniors from other AACs.

A newfound joy, a renewed sense of confidence

Mdm Low (First Lady from left), Member of Fei Yue Active Ageing Centre (Holland Close) conducting the M-Power Your Future Programme

Today, Mdm Low is very proud of her accomplishments in Fei Yue. The staff had seen that she was actively seeking to try out new things. Through volunteering at the centre, she was able to build up her self-confidence and improve her communication skills.

Initially lost and lonely, Mdm Low now has a place where she can spend her time socialising with her friends. She joins in all activities and programmes in the centre and mentioned that this helps her to fill up the emptiness she felt when she first moved back to Holland Close to stay alone.

Compared to the past when Mdm Low felt inferior and unable to complete assigned tasks, she now carries out her duties as a volunteer with confidence and pride. 

With constant encouragement from staff and friends, she now enjoys trying out new roles in the centre and has found meaning in her life once again.

Fei Yue Active Ageing Centres (AAC)

At Fei Yue Active Ageing Centres (AAC), we proactively reach out to seniors, organise social activities and provide opportunities for seniors to interact with members of the community, with the aim of enabling seniors to adopt an active lifestyle, pre-empt social isolation, and refer them to assistance in a timely fashion.

Our objective is to improve the health outcomes of seniors living in the community through the provision of a suite of programmes to help seniors live healthier lives and support their aspirations to age in place.

Read Up more about Fei Yue Active Ageing Centres (AAC) here.

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