Published on 24 November 2017

Mdm Ainon Bte Abass, 76, sharing with youth volunteer, Elya Deeana, 22, on a Malay Wedding Procession at a Kampong in 1970s (Credit: NHB and NCSS)

The National Heritage Board (NHB) and the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) recently launched the Conversation Starter Kit to encourage seniors to share personal memories and stories with caregivers and volunteers.

The kit contains images featuring heritage places and landmarks, along with structured questions to facilitate meaningful discussions. It was co-developed with TOUCH Community Services, Care Corner Senior Services, SAGE Counselling Centre, and Yong-en Care Centre.

Said Alvin Tan, Assistant Chief Executive (Policy and Community) for NHB, “We recognise the key role played by reminiscence during visits to our museum and heritage institutions and in enabling seniors to share their stories to share memories with their families, friends and caregivers.”

The kit will be rolled out in phases at various senior activity centres and eldercare agencies next year. Copies can also be borrowed at the visitor services counters of Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, Memorial Heritage Centre and Indian Heritage Centre from January 2018.

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