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Healthy activities for the elderly - at no charge


To encourage the elderly to engage in healthy exercise, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department is organising a free Healthy Elderly Scheme from May this year for senior citizens aged 60 and above.

Senior citizens can participate, at no charge, in the various recreational and sports activities organised during non-peak hours at the department's sports centres in 18 districts.

A spokesman said today (April 20) that since its establishment in 2000, the department had been making every effort to promote the importance of healthy exercise among the public, especially senior citizens, and to arouse their interest in sports and other recreational activities.

"By participating in these leisure and recreational programmes, senior citizens will not only build stronger bodies, but also enrich their social life," he said.

Under the scheme, about 191 free programmes will firstly be available to the elderly from May to August this year during non-peak hours at athe department's sports centres.

Among the programmes are table tennis, badminton, gateball, indoor lawn bowls, American pool, indoor golf, tai chi, baduanjin, elderly fitness, social dance, Chinese dance, chess, and arts and crafts, all of which were popular with the elderly in previous years.

Elderly ambassadors will be invited from non-governmental organisations to offer coaching for the participants.

The LCSD will continue to provide more programmes if the scheme gains active participation by the elderly.

"In the years 2001 and 2002, over 5,700 sports and recreational programmes were organised by the department respectively, attracting over 500,000 elderly participants in total," the spokesman said.

"These programmes and activities were specially designed for the elderly. Apart from the aforesaid activities, other popular activities well-received by the elderly include swimming, picnicking, as well as fun days."

Senior citizens who are interested in joining the Healthy Elderly Scheme in their districts should approach the respective District Leisure Services Offices for enrolment or call the department's hotline on 2414 5555 for details.

End/Sunday, April 20, 2003

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