Young at heart
Christmas). Members also host get-togethers with children from orphanages, the disabled and the elderly from old folks homes. Its choir performed at MBPJ’s Chinese New Year celebration in 2012 and at MBPJ’s Senior Citizens Day. On Dec 8, the choir will perform at the Community Care Carnival in Petaling Jaya, co-organised by the Rotary Club of Gombak, Caring Citizens of Kota Damansara and Tropicana Medical Centre.
“It’s vital to have a good social life. Through these activities, members can keep learning and have fun doing what we enjoy most. Essentially, it is all about staying healthy and alert as we age,” said Yong, who keeps fit by attending taichi and body toning classes held by the association.
Former RTM Radio 5 controller Yoong Ee Fah, 70, is living proof that age is just a number when it comes to acquiring knowledge and new skills. She lives by the adage “Live life to the fullest” and believes that age should never be a hindrance to the pursuit of knowledge.
For the past three years, Yoong has been putting her skills to good use by teaching Mandarin lessons at Secita.
The mother-of-three enjoys teaching students at the associa- tion, stating there is nothing more fulfilling than giving back to the community.
“I enjoy teaching as I have been a voice trainer and language coach in RTM for over 40 years,” said Yoong, who was also a TV newscaster, radio announcer and host of the popular 1970s talent search TV show Bintang RTM, cooking series Kesuma and Dendang Rakyat, a programme on traditional music.
“After retirement, I decided to use my language skills and contribute to society. The greatest joy is seeing my students speaking the language proficiently and being able to read Mandarin,” said Yoong.
The classes (beginners and intermediate Mandarin) are conducted once a week in which Yoong guides over 20 students per class on conversational Mandarin and how to write complete sentences.
Besides teaching, Yoong has enrolled in Latin dance classes and choir lessons at Secita. She says these activities keep her mind active and enable her to make good use of her time to socialise with her peers.
“These activities keep me on my toes. It is important for retirees to keep active and make the best out of life.
“Instead of idling time away at home, senior citizens should get out of the house, make new friends, sign up to learn new skills and participate in activities that can keep them active,” said Yoong, who also attends Japanese lessons and goes for karaoke sessions.
For more information on Secita, call 03-7806 3303 (Puan Siti Fatimah Yatin) or go to http:// mysecita.blogspot.com.
choir singers from the association performing at mbPJ’s chinese New year celebrations.