[Read! Fest 2019] Human Library: Seniors of the Future

  • Language: English
  • Target Audience: Adults, 50 and above
  • Category: 50plus, Heritage, Read, Singapore & S.E.A
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Sat, 29 Jun, 2019, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM (GMT+8)

National Library

Level 1 - The Plaza

100 Victoria Street National Library Board

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  • Language: English
  • Target Audience: Adults, 50 and above

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This year, the sixth instalment of Read! Fest is anchored on the theme of Voyage. Book a trip with us and discover alternative forms of reading at Read! Fest 2019 programmes as we journey through space and time, only from 22 June – 28 July.

For more details, visit 
www.nationalreadingmovement.sg/readfest.

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Be it the Pioneer or Merdeka generations, more people in their golden years are leading more active and vibrant lifestyles, continuously challenging and breaking stereotypes of what it means to be a senior citizen. Join us at this Human Library - curated with human "books" who participate in parkour, conduct IT classes for library patrons, create virtual retirement villages and jam on ukeleles - to learn what it truly means to embark on a new voyage in our later years. 

Speakers' Profiles

ASPIRE 55
ASPIRE55 - Asia’s first virtual retirement village, is a wellbeing community that offers a combination of social, health and care services but enables members to continue living in their existing homes. They create clubhouses for their 50+ community, with a portfolio of over 100 active ageing programmes and activities, bringing like-minded people together as a family to age successfully. They also curate and distribute global products that focus on fun rehabilitation and active ageing. 

MOVE Academy Singapore
Modern, sedentary life has put to sleep much of our inherent physical potential and vitality. MOVE Academy Singapore teaches the discipline of Parkour (Art du Déplacement) to help others return to a more natural way of moving and a method to unlock the enormous potential within our physiology.

We experience joy in being physically present and interacting playfully with our world, bringing back the childhood days. Most importantly, we are a strongly knitted community which thrives on collaboration and mutual support rather than competition.

Tampines Uke Jammers
The Tampines ukulele jamming group was started in April 2018 and is led by Johnny Lim and Shamimah. They set up in Tampines Regional Library to initially teach beginners and subsequently to provide ukulele players an opportunity to meet, sing, and play together. The Jammers made their debut on 5 August 2018, during the 1st Anniversary celebrations of Tampines Regional Library. Currently the group has about 90 members, with about 50 members present during each session.  The group meets at least twice a month and their membership continues to grow through word of mouth, with new members joining at every session. Enthusiasts hail from all parts of Singapore.

Mr Ho Hew Lee
Mr Ho Hew Lee is 75, but he can code, navigate social media and understand technology as well as many young people.

For the past five years, he has been teaching his fellow seniors at libraries how to use technology. A retired engineer, he started volunteering in 2006 in libraries where he shelved books. In 2014, he found his niche by teaching seniors at Bukit Merah library to use technology.

At Bukit Merah library, he planned a year-long programme for them, with a session every month. He taught everything from using Facebook and Google, to how to take photographs.

Besides these simple skills, he also teaches more advanced concepts like computer coding, encouraging them to get engaged and to think logically and systematically as “it helps them use their brain."

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