A 7-Week Programme for senior citizens’ by Molly Rajan and her team members was held in the Parish of St. Joseph, Sentul from the 12th of May 2018 till the 30th of June 2018. Participants were facilitated to acquired the art of making the rest of their years, the very best of their lives. The feedback from the programme by some participants was that the programme had made them to realize that “Today is the Youngest they’ll Ever Be” and they need to use their “Present Youthfulness”, optimally, so that they can “live a legacy and leave a legacy”!
Participants were guided step-by-step on ways to age gracefully in a positive perspective of looking at life, addressing on ways to handle the challenges of aging in the physical aspect and other areas relevant to senior’s aging stages. The programme was conducted without stress or strain, but in a fun way with funny, reflective video clips, physical exercises, lucky draw prizes and refreshments, as they journeyed through the 7-Week Programme. The participants were happy with the programme. Seniors had realized that they could take steps to do much more despite their age and that they can “live a legacy and leave a legacy” that’s more rewarding, more satisfying and can be seen and appreciated by their loved ones for generations to come. This has led them to the interest of wanting to form a senior citizen ministry. This would be an encouragement for all seniors in the parish to have a time well spent as a group of friends to journey with, as it will be one of the essential ways to age gracefully. The theme song was taken from Diana Ross- “Do you know where you’re going to…”.The topic on death was also discussed as part of the programme as it is part of the stages in human development. The discussion on the topic evolved around as well explained by an Australian Aboriginal Proverb quoted beautifully the journey of life stating, “We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love….and then we return home.”
Finally, this programme would not have taken place without the support of Rev. Fr. George Packiasamy,, the parish priest as he was very supportive and had made the “Graceful Aging Programme” possible.
By Molly Rajan