Throughout the month of May, our seniors group met regularly in preparation for Ramadan.
The first gathering was for ‘Ramadan Love Letter’, a session led by Sister Nurhayati who is a graduate from Al Azhar University majoring in Shariah Islamiah. She is a recognised Asatizah by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore. She also did her Post Graduate diploma in Islamic Law.
The number of participants exceeded expectations. All attendees were captivated and engaged in listening to the guest speaker. Sister Nurhayati explained thoroughly the revelation prescribing Ramadan and the rationale behind fasting.
Following on from Ramadan Love Letter was 3 Tajweed classes (reading the Quran with correct pronunciation and grammar), led by Sister Hanna. Some of the ladies from the seniors group enjoyed the Quran reading so much that they will in future also attend the Monday classes.
This program was a huge success; the feedback received was overwhelmingly positive, all sessions went smoothly and the group is looking forward to future similar sessions.
For more information about our program for men and women aged over 65 years, go to our CHSP page.
The tour commenced with a welcome talk by Rosalie the Registered Nurse, who works at the Continence Foundation. Three interpreters were provided to ensure that everyone could understand and benefit.
Following on from the welcome, Sonia the Physiotherapist gave a talk about the parts and function of the pelvic floor muscle. Sonia instructed our group on how to properly perform the Kegel exercise. Everyone was very attentive and felt comfortable to ask questions. One member asked how frequently the exercises should be done and Sonia suggested that at least 3 times a week should be enough.
The next speaker, Lisa, provided further information about where to go for help if someone is experiencing the problem of incontinence. There are many types of health care workers, the first visit can be to the family GP (General Practitioner) and then the GP can refer on to the Physiotherapist or other specialist, or a nurse can also provide assistance. Lisa informed everyone about the Continence Foundation website, which shows information in 32 different languages, and she let everyone know about the helpline so that they are aware in the case the need assistance.
Finally, the Occupational Therapist gave the group a tour which included demonstrations of the different kinds of equipment that a person can use to live independently. The equipment ranged from different types of beds, to kitchen utensils, gardening tools, personal care kits, walking aids, wheelchair cushions, scooters of different kinds, toilet seats and much more.
Overall the day was incredibly informative and all participants learned so much. They enjoyed seeing and being able to touch the equipment, which helps with understanding and being able to retain that information. The members feel that this information will be very useful to them in the future.
We have almost reached the end of the CHSP Fitness Program.
The seniors have been enjoying themselves thoroughly and are feeling stronger than ever!
Regular exercise is crucial to falls prevention. Regular exercise improves balance and reflexes so some falls can be avoided altogether. Further to that, regular exercise strengthens the musculoskeletal system so that even in the case of a fall, serious injury can be avoided.
We are currently halfway through our 6 week program of fitness classes which was organised in collaboration with ACH. The aim of the program is to provide participants with low impact workouts. The focus of the workouts is to promote wellness and resilience by staying fit and healthy through safe, low impact exercise. The program takes into account their health, level of activity and physical and mental capabilities.
Two trainers from ACH were appointed to deliver the training sessions. Twenty seniors attended our first training session at Wandana Community Centre. They arrived there punctually and were very eager. The session started with some administrative housekeeping followed by the trainers assessing the seniors to ensure that they are fit to perform the exercise. For this first session, the trainers demonstrated the technics for strengthening the upper body and balancing. Chairs and stretch bands were used to perform these motions. Members took a great interest into this session and were keen to attend the next session.
This is a program which combines exercise with education to optimise independence, increase strength, endurance and balance and provide motivation to live a healthy life. The trainers were well prepared and engaging. At the end of the 6 weeks session, the participants will feel great and have more energy, socialise and meet new people, learn how to prevent injury, improve strength, balance and cardiovascular fitness and increase range of motion and support body function and movement.
The Muslim Women’s Association of SA provides several services to men and women over the age of 65 years who are coming from a CaLD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) background, under the CHSP (Commonwealth Home Support Program).
On Thursday 4th of October 2018 an outing to Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens was planned as a Learning Journey.
Those who were attending met at our office on Victoria Square and caught a coach out to Mt Lofty.
The weather was perfect for walking, overcast but not raining and with a cool breeze.
The men and women were able to explore the Gardens at their leisure and work up an appetite before sharing a picnic lunch. The group came very well prepared for the picnic with delicious home-made delicacies in picnic baskets and even a table cloth for the picnic table.
Everyone was very interested to read the signage on-site, in doing so everyone was able to learn about the plants and about the history of Adelaide and also about the Flinders Column.
It was a wonderful opportunity for them to literally stop and smell the flowers, to socialise and catch up with each other.
Over 20 Members attended and the general consensus from everyone is that they enjoyed the day immensely. They are looking forward to going back to the Gardens in Autumn time and are, of course, looking forward to the next CHSP Learning Journey.
For more information about the CHSP and how to join, click here.
With most transactions and communications being done online, it is important for the seniors in our community to know how to access information and assistance schemes online.
In collaboration with Centrelink and Bene Aged Care, MWASA organised a ‘hands on’ session to help seniors learn how they could access their accounts and assistance schemes on the myGov portal and My Aged Care portal.
While using technology and computers can be a tedious process for most seniors, our group of 34 seniors were able to rise up to the challenge and learnt how to use online portals and services provided by aged care providers.
On 15 February 2018, MWASA collaborated with the Department of Human Services, Centrelink, to organise an informational talk for the seniors from our Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP). The talk helps the seniors and pensioners understand more about new regulations and policies that affect them.