Silver Moments @ Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home (23rd November 2013)

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We pondered for quite a while deciding what we should bring over for the 110 residents at Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home as we wanted to treat the old folks to foods that would hopefully give them a nostalgic jog down their memory lanes. We eventually bought freshly baked traditional butter cake as well as old-school char siew buns after consulting with Mr. Then Kim Yuan, manager of Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home.

When we stepped into the Home, we started to prepare tea for the old folks together with the nursing staff. We were so relieved that the old folks enjoyed their tea as many gave us thumbs up for the simple goodies we have bought them. But at same time, we felt a tinge of unspoken sadness as we chatted with them. These are the very same people who contributed to the prosperity of our nation and yet they are here because they were mostly abandoned and neglected by their family members. We asked what one of our young volunteers thought. Here’s what one of our volunteers commented,

At first, I had expected the old folks home to be in an air-conditioned environment for the elderly to be in, but it turns out that the building was quite old. My first visit exposed me to old folks of different characters – the talkative ones, the quiet ones and even the bad tempered ones. My heart goes out to them because most of the old folks hardly moved around and were lying down on their beds. I cannot imagine myself lying down in bed all day waiting for meal times. I really wished that more people would talk to them and visit them because they are so lonely every day. Personally, if I spoke Hokkien or Cantonese, I would want to speak to them. This trip was indeed a great first experience i’ve had!
— Tan Shi Qi, Catholic High School
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So yes, Shi Qi, we agree with you – hence we have made it our New Year resolution to visit the 110 residents @ the Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home more regularly in 2014! And before we forget – thank you to all the staff and management for your utmost patience, genuine care and deep commitment for all the “old babies” as they are affectionately called at the Lee Ah Mooi Aged Home!