PETALING JAYA, 1 Nov: The PJ Senior Citizen’s Run 2013 which was held at the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) compound received encouraging response, with 300 people from all walks of life participated in the programme on 27 October.
The programme is part of initiative under the MBPJ community development programme in conjunction with the National Senior Citizen’s Day which is celebrated on 1 October every year.
MBPJ Council Member, Ahmad Akhir Pawan Chik, said that the programme is able to instil the spirit of social responsibility and is an effective idea, especially for senior citizens.
“Participants were also given tips in caring for their health. In addition, values among the community can be instilled so as to bridge the gap between the elderly and the young,” he said.
Also held at the event was the programme for Healthy, Quality and Increase in Self-Potential for Senior Citizens as well as a Fun Exercise, choir performances, games and a lucky draw contest.
Participants also received information on weight loss, blood pressure levels, strength of hands and legs, nutrition advice and special exercises throughout the programme.
The programme was in collaboration with the University of Malaya’s Melor Project (Malaysian Elders Longitudinal Research), consisting of physicians and academics from various faculties such as medicine, law, economics and administration, education, architecture, engineering, computer science, as well as information technology and sports science.
The Melor Project involves groups that conduct research projects to be used and applied by the elderly in efforts to improve their quality of life.