SINGAPORE – Twice a week, Mr Johnnie Wee, 88, goes to the gym at Peacehaven Nursing Home in Changi for a strength-training programme.
Now, he will be able to bring his children and grandchildren along.
All will be able to enjoy the new facilities at Jade Circle Arena, a lifestyle club targeted at inter-generational bonding and fun, located in the Peacehaven compound.
The club opened to the public on Saturday (Nov 16), and Mr Wee and his wife Mrs Emelie Wee, 78, were able to tour the two floors and check out what they liked.
There is a wading pool where the elderly can do hydrotherapy, while children can enjoy the water. There is also an arcade area with a basketball machine, whack-a-mole, foosball, and mini bowling available.
There are also hand-cycling machines hooked up to television screens so the user can feel as if they are cycling outdoors, as well as virtual reality (VR) machines that allow for interactive games or sensory experiences.
These activities are meant to be a part of purposeful play, to encourage the elderly to move or exercise while having fun.
The centre will be open daily from 10am to 8pm, with last entry at 7pm. It will close on public holidays.
Children aged 12 and below can enter for free, while adults pay $10 per entry. Those from Peacehaven Nursing Home can also enter for free.
Mr Wee and his wife plan to bring their family to the club. Mrs Wee said: “We will definitely bring the kids here as they will love it!” The couple have three grandchildren, aged 8, 12 and 16.
As he is part of the strength-training programme at the gym, Mr Wee will automatically become a Jade Circle Arena member as well.
From 2020, the club plans to have a membership programme priced at $60 a month for unlimited entry, and will allow members to earn points in exchange for rewards such as food, a spa treatment, or waivers of membership fees.
A health centre section where senior citizens can be get checkups or be assessed for health issues will open in the first quarter of next year.
Peacehaven executive director Low Mui Lang said that the intention of the club is to give the elderly a sense of life and identity, and convert routine activities into something fun.
She added: “I believe in inter-generational interaction between the young and the old, and children bring laughter to older adults.”
The club is part of Jade Circle, an initiative by Lien Foundation, Khoo Chwee Neo Foundation and the nursing home.
The building where Arena is located will also have a residential care facility and dementia care training centre, both under Jade Circle, by May next year.