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Improve Seniors’ Quality Of Life With Courses In Singapore

by | Feb 21, 2024 | Lifestyle & Wellness, Lifestyle habits

Getting older is something that happens to everyone. But it shouldn’t stop us from living an entire and active life. The key to that is active ageing. According to the World Health Organisation, active ageing means developing and maintaining the ability to function well as we age. Learning is an essential part of active ageing. 

Senior citizens in Singapore can use SkillsFuture Credit to learn new skills and stay mentally sharp. Various courses are available, including art, music, languages, wellness, and digital skills. Here are some courses you can take to begin your learning journey.

When did you last use a pencil, try a musical instrument, or learn a new art technique? Everyone can be artistic and benefit from art. Doing crafts, playing music, or any creative work is like therapy. It reduces stress and improves thinking. Art keeps your brain sharp and helps you be open to new ideas.

The NSA offers an 8-hour course on smartphone photography. The Photographic Society of Singapore provides the course, which costs $175.

Learn how to draw portraits in just 7 hours at Republic Polytechnic. The course fee is $128.40.

Learn to play the ukulele to relieve stress. The course lasts for 15 hours and costs $270. The training provider is SACE.

SkillsFuture@PA (SA) offers a decoupage-on glass course that lasts 3 hours. Different community centres and clubs provide the training. The course fee is $30.

The government is helping seniors learn technology. It’s essential to know how to use technology to do well in a smart nation. Seniors can sign up for digital skills programs to become more independent. Being good with technology has many advantages. You can easily order food or do online transactions with just a few taps. Apps like Trace Together and smart mailboxes make the switch to digital easier.

NSA offers a course called Be a Social Media Savvy Senior that lasts for 12 hours. NUSS provides the training and costs $240.

SIJ-RSVP offers a Skillsfuture program called Basic Digital Skills. The program lasts for 6 hours and is provided by RSVP Singapore. The course fee is $100.

SkillsFuture@PA (SA) offers a course called Introduction to Digital Banking Service. The course lasts 3 hours and is provided by different Community Centres Clubs. The fee for the course is $30.

Learn to use the Zoom mobile app for video conferences in 3 hours. XIOHOO is the training provider for this course, and the course fee is $50.

Baking is a cooking method that uses dry heat to mix ingredients and create chemical reactions. It involves using different components like flour, leavening agents, fats, liquids, and sweeteners. In the Basic Cake Baking Principles class at Gra Baking Academy, you will learn how to mix cake ingredients in various ways, understand the purpose of each ingredient, and adequately scale and bake cakes. The class is at 401 MacPherson Rd, #02-11/12/13 Macpherson Mall, Singapore 368125.

Learn how to bake cookies. Baking Industry Training College will teach you how to make classic cookies like Chocolate Chip Almond, Laksa, Nutella Tarts, Almond Biscotti, and Cranberry Orange. The class lasts for 26 hours and includes both classroom and practical sessions. The fee is $228, and the location is 3 Irving Road, 02-07, Tai Seng Centre, Singapore.

Mao Shan Wang Chocolate Fudge Cake is a decadent dessert that combines two popular flavours in Singapore: durian and chocolate. In this class at Baker’s Brew, you will learn how to bake a soft and moist chocolate sponge. The class lasts for 3 hours and is a whole hands-on experience. The fee for the class is $148. The class is located at 1 Kim Seng Promenade B1-K103, Singapore 237994.

Learn how to make famous dishes at home with the Pots and Pans studio culinary workshop. Cook local delights like Chili Crab, Prawn Mee Soup, Mee Hoon Kueh, Nasi Lemak, and Soya Sauce Chicken Rice. Please note that recipes may change. In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare and clean ingredients for Dim Sum dishes. The workshop will be held at The Centrepoint, 176 Orchard Road, B1-12. The fee is $270.

SkillsFuture@PA (SA) offers a course called Golden Home Chef Hawker Delights. The course lasts 3 hours and is provided by different community centres and clubs. The fee for the course is $30.

NSA offers an 8-hour training course on staying healthy as you age. The Tsao Foundation provides the course, which costs $205.

Who is eligible for SkillsFuture Credit? Singaporeans aged 25 and above, as of 31 December 2020, have received a $500 top-up. This extra credit is valid for five years to encourage people to learn and reskill. Any unused credit will expire on 31 December 2025.

Click here for more information about your SkillsFuture Credit.

Courses aimed at improving seniors’ quality of life in Singapore offer a range of benefits. These courses not only provide opportunities for seniors to learn new skills and knowledge but also promote social interaction and mental stimulation. Let us all work together to ensure that every senior in Singapore has access to these enriching courses and experiences, enabling them to lead fulfilling lives well into their golden years.

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