Those of us who think that at 60 and above, it's time to hang up our dancing shoes and put our singing days behind us can draw inspiration from these veterans of entertainment.
Meet 94-year-old Reynaldo Creagh. He was in Singapore last month together with Maracaiboand, 86, and pianist Rubalcaba, 85. Together they are "The Grandfathers of Cuban Music".
Also in Singapore last month was Ruth Flowers better known as DJ Mamy Rock. She first gained fame on the world stage when she spun music at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009. Today at the age of 71, she still gets invited to deejay at prestigious clubs and music festivals all over the world.
The world's oldest showgirl, Dorothy Kloss, is now 87, and still doing her high kicks with the world-renown Palm Spring Follies, an off-broadway revue that celebrates the songs and dances of the 1940s through to the 1970s. What's remarkable about the Follies is their age which range from 50s to 80s.
A trip to LA to see the Palm Spring Follies at Plaza Theatre is definitely on my bucket list. Remember the Diamonds and their 1957 hit "Little Darlin"? They will be performing in the Follies' new season.
We have all heard this said a godzillion times before: Age is just an attitude. If you think you are old, you ARE old. It's about mind over matter - if you don't mind, it doesn't matter. Age is of no importance unless you are cheese.
Well, as long as we merely know this, but do not internalize it or live it, we will always look old, feel old and be OLD, even at 40.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
|Singapore's richest people. (Source: Straits Times 29 July)|
Yesterday I received a call from my bank. It seems my very modest investment in a unit trust fund has tripled in value over a period of 10+ years. Great news indeed till I read in the Straits Times today Forbes latest list of Singapore's wealthiest people. Some of these individuals have doubled their wealth in BILLIONS in just ONE year.
|Malaysia's richest people.|
|Forbes 2011 list of the world's richest people.|
It takes money to make money. So the rich get richer. But then again, not all these billionaires started off rich. Apart from those who inherited their wealth, there are those who have put in years of toil and sweat to get to where they are now. These are the people who inspire the rest of us, and show us that dreams can come true provided we keep our focus.
If it's all about hard work, vision and passion, there's hope for the rest of us yet to make it to our country's list of wealthiest people. Any takers for exporting wantan skin?
But it's not all peachy and rosy for the rich, if you read the editorial in the Straits Times today. The rich have their problems as well, and depression is one of them.
|Straits Times 29 July|
The explanation given is that people in poor countries have basic needs e.g. food and shelter, which, when met, create immense satisfaction. People in rich countries, however, have needs that are more difficult to satisfy. Their money and material possessions do not always bring them happiness. When happiness eludes them, the result is depression and loneliness.
|A total of more than 11.3 million people are starving in drought-hit Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. (Straits Times 29 July)|
|Billionaires all: Bill and Miranda Gates with Warren Buffet|
|Chen Guangbiao, is China's first billionaire to answer Buffet's call to give away all his wealth. He is hoping he won't be the only one. (Pic: The Telegraph)|
Can our billionaires spare a thought for the elderly?
Sunday, July 24, 2011
|Daily Mail 14 July|
|My U3A Digital Photography class on a field trip to the Floria Fest in Putrajaya two weeks ago. We are all in our 50s and 60s. (Click on image to enlarge.)|
|No slowing down for Angeline, 70. Here she is on her electric bike outside the Balai Raya (community centre) where we have our weekly line dance class.|
|Community service - donating rice to the poor and needy.|
So the message to our young people is: Get an early start on saving for your retirement, look after your health and develop a positive outlook on life. If these three pillars are in place, middle age for the current Generations X and Y might well extend to the 80s!
Thursday, July 21, 2011
|Sharing tips on how to use creativity to enhance memory at ADFM.|
For the past few months I've been checking out daycare centres for my mom. I must have visited more than a dozen. None of them had what I was looking for - a daily schedule of activities to keep the elderly mentally, physically and socially occupied. At every home that I visited, the residents were left on their own most of the time. They would either be staring blankly at the TV screen, or lying in bed waiting listlessly for the next meal. The carers were always too busy to give individual attention.
I immediately made an appointment for mom to see Dr Philip Poi of University of Malaya Specialist Centre (UMSC) on 30 May. He spent 45 minutes chatting with mom and putting her through some simple tests. Based on her answers and his observations, he confirmed that mom displayed early signs of AD. He wrote me a referral for ADFM. That was sufficient to get mom accepted as a client there. (That's the term used at ADFM.)
|Mom with some of the table top games apparatus. There's also bingo and singalong sessions, but mom's favorite group activity is mahjong. She always wins, hands down.|
|My mom participating in the daily morning exercise session at the pavilion led by centre manager, Ms Jade Wong, who is also a nursing tutor.|
|First impression counts when visitors step into the centre.|
|Reflexology path for the clients, with hand bar all along the side to prevent falls.|
|Exercise corner for those who enjoy cycling.|
|Some of the drawings done by the clients.|
|A daily schedule designed to keep the clients mentally and physically active - very important for people with AD.|
|Dining area with the kitchen in the background. The place is kept spotlessly clean. That speaks well of the staff.|
|The cosy rest room for the women should they want to lie down or take a nap. Spacious, clean and comfortable as a dormitory should be.|
|The spacious hall with the dining area on the left.|
Bathroom and toilet equipped with seat and grab bars.
If you are interested in finding out more about ADFM's residential homecare centre, you can contact Angela Lee at 03-3122 6908. You can also check out ADFM's website at http://www.adfm.org.my and ADFM's blog at http://adfmmalaysia.blogspot.com/
ADFM's newsletter and pamphlet.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
|The Sunday Times editorial 17 July|
While this may be welcome news to many employees who are about to retire, the new terms of re-employment might not be in their favour. Some companies which have started early implementation of the new policy have cut salaries of rehired older workers by as much as 30%, reduced medical benefits, and in some cases, taken away bonuses.
|Source: The Straits Times 9 July|
It's sad really. One day you are drawing a salary of X dollars. The very next day your value to the company depreciates for no reason other than you've just hit 62. If you continue to do the same work, it's only fair that you continue to receive the same pay. Anything less is clearly a case of discrimination against older workers.
|Ministry of Manpower's Portal for Re-employment of Older Workers, Singapore.|
Friday, July 15, 2011
|Bersih supporters carrying yellow placards and banners outside Mansion House in London where PM Najib was scheduled for a business meeting. There was a similar yellow protest outside 10 Downing Street where he met with British PM Cameron.|
Posted by el-f at 7:36 PM
Thursday, July 14, 2011
While many of these awards carry prestige and honour, the same can't be said of many one-off awards given by companies or organizations at their annual dinners. Former PM Tun Dr Mahathir recently received the "Lifetime Achievement Award" at the Kuala Lumpur Mayor's Tourism Awards 2011. Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam was the recipient of the inaugural CHT Lifetime Achievement Award 2011. Frankly, I've never heard of these awards till they were reported in the local papers.
|Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam with his award. (Pic: The Star)|
It's high time we changed negative stereotyping of older adults. More and more 60plusers are defying the long-held public perception of older adults as frail, senile, unproductive and a drain on the country's resources. It's time too for the government or NACSCOM to come up with some appreciation for older Malaysians (60and above) who have contributed to the economic, social and cultural development of our society.
Which two individuals would you nominate for each of these categories in the inaugural Golden Malaysians Awards List - if we had one?
~ Public Service
~ Science and Medicine
~ Arts and Culture
~ Sports and Adventure
~ Business and Entrepreneurship
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
To the PM, Home Minister and IGP, do you still deny that the police used violence on the protestors? None are so blind as those with sight but do not see the truth. All coverage of the 9 July rallies have been given the whitewash treatment by the MSM. You will never see images like these in the MSM. Kudos to all the photographers, local and foreign, who braved the tear gas, water cannons and truncheons to bring us these images.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
|Face-off. The only 'weapon' the protestors had was defiance against the FRU who were in full anti-riot gear, with full-face helmet and shield. (Front page of Sunday Star)|
Despite the massive clampdown and blockades, the government failed to stop the protestors from amassing in several areas of the city. The PM said "no serious harm was caused" and in the same breath also said "street demonstrations not only bring hardship to the people, it could also lead to possessions being destroyed". Isn't he contradicting himself? There have been no reports of damage to property.
|Fodder for the government to use in accusing Bersih of being used by the opposition. (The Star)|
|Proof that tear gas was fired into the hospital compound, despite the IGP's denial. (Malaysiakini)|
|Outside KLCC yesterday afternoon.|
|Getting ready for the protestors.|
|Shoppers 'locked' inside Suria KLCC. This was to prevent protestors from seeking refuge in the mall.|
|The scene outside Pavilion at 5pm. People resumed their shopping as if the protests never happened.|
|Over at Lot 10 junction, traffic was slowly getting back to normal. No signs of damage to property anywhere.|
|Bersih supporters shaking hands after the rally in Jalan Ampang. No hard feelings?|
|Those who were arrested were questioned and then released - after a buffet meal courtesy of the police at Pulapol. Faces have been blotted out. (Photo: PDRM)|
Posted by el-f at 7:24 PM