Part 3: Stop and Smell the Flowers Outing with Pearl’s Hill Care Home Senior Folks

We probably have no idea what magic connecting to nature does for our well-being.

People who are more connected with nature are happier, feel more vital, and have more meaning in their lives.  Even in small doses, nature is a potent elixir.  When their hospital room had flowers and foliage, post-surgery patients needed less painkillers and reported less fatigue.  And merely looking at pictures of nature does speed up mental restoration and improves cognitive functioning,” said Selin Kesebir and Pelin Kesebir.

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As the Singapore Botanic Gardens is one of the most visited and the most beloved public parks in the country, we decided to take our folks from Pearl’s Hill Care Home to an outing there!

Their buses arrived just right on time when it was done drizzling and the sun was up!

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Three groups of volunteers wheeled our residents to the National Orchid Garden.  Our old folks remember having frequented the Botanic Gardens in their younger days but they were all in awe upon seeing how gorgeous it now has become!

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Nature itself is the best physician.” – Hippocrates

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Part 2: Stop and Smell the Flowers Outing with Pearl’s Hill Care Home Senior Folks

The buses we leased could only take in so much seated volunteers so most of them headed straight to Botanic Gardens.

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One of the nursing home staff delivered the briefing.

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It started to pour for a good five minutes then we had our sunshine!  Thank God!

A friend who has earlier joined our previous charity event in May 2017 happens to be a gym instructor and she asked me if she could lead the morning exercise for our dear senior residents.  The day of our outing, she showed up with a few more friends who helped out with wheeling and attending to our folks!  Thank you so very much!

We lined up by the Palm Valley for our morning exercise.  JJ took the lead.

 

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Age should never be an obstacle to exercise!

Part 1: Stop and Smell the Flowers Outing with Pearl’s Hill Care Home Senior Folks

Singapore is home to gorgeous parks and gardens and we have been meaning to take our senior friends from Pearl’s Hill Care Home to a few of these places so they could go out and get some fresh air.

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We started writing to National Parks for permit to visit and they were so nice to let us see the Learning Forest and the Palm Valley.  They were even very generous to have given us free admission to the National Orchid Garden!  Thank you very much!

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The home staff helped us book special buses for this outing to the Botanic Gardens because for their safety, our senior folks would be on wheelchairs for the duration of the park visit, including their bus rides from the nursing home to Botanic Gardens and back.

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This is how the inside of the special bus looks like.  Our senior folks are securely fastened to their respective spots inside the bus.

It is a wonderful thing that the people who have come before us have done so many things for us and many people today – our families, our friends, those we meet in the subway – contribute to the details of our lives.  The practice of appreciation is as they say, the most powerful way to increase one’s enjoyment of life.  We just need to look around at how beautiful this world is.

To stop and smell the roses may just be an expression for some, but to many like Pres and I, it is a good advice to find satisfaction in life.  One study suggests that appreciating the meaningful people and things in our lives play a huge role in our overall happiness.