Project Link is an Elderly Outreach initiated by NUSMS that aims to foster meaningful relationships between the elderly and youth. Since the first event in 2016, our programmes are designed to inculcate a sense of appreciation and concern towards our elderly. As the elderly make up the vulnerable population, we feel that each individual in the community plays a significant role in ensuring that the physical and emotional needs of the elderly are looked after. In line with Project Link’s events in 2020, the following entails the new logo coupled with a brief explanation on how the design reflects the primary objectives of the adhoc.
elders of nus
Our committee enlisted the help of volunteers to distribute goodie bags to elderly staff around NUS, as a token of appreciation for their indispensable work. Through this initiative, we hoped to spread the act of giving in ways that evoke a sense of appreciation towards the elders within the university compounds.
Ren ci Nursing Home
With the help of volunteers, our team interacted with the elderly residents. We interacted with them, showed them appreciation, and they even taught us a thing or two!
silver to gold carnival
In this carnival, the elderly Zakat recipients sold the craft items they made in our Craft Workshop, such as tie-dye tote bags, pouches, and brooches. Moreover, we held free health check-ups, a Zumba class, and a Health and Spiritual talk.
Forgotten Blessings I: The Reminder was a talk consisting of important and meaningful sharing by Ustaz Nuzhan on our duties towards our parents and elders.
Forgotten Blessings II: The Departure was a programme through which we hoped to impart crucial knowledge on the adab and our responsibilities towards the deceased.
A collaboration with Habitat for Humanity Singapore (a non-profit organisation), this was an intensive home-cleaning programme, with the aim of giving elderly and persons with disabilities a safe and sanitary home.
Participants made up of both committee members and volunteers helped clean up and paint the homes of 6 elderlies. Through this experience, we hoped that participants could reflect and feel grateful for their blessings in life, and learn to be more compassionate towards those who are less fortunate than them.
A booth which allowed students to experience the physical challenges faced by the elders, and thus gains further empathy for them, by literally stepping into their shoes.
Participants engaged in daily activities that the elderly face difficulty in. These included tasks that require the use of their motor skills, balance and coordination, as well as drinking and swallowing.
Aimed at understanding unseen issues such as mental health, dementia, social isolation and suicidal ideation faced by the elderly population in Singapore. The forum focused on educating, bringing about exposure and awareness of these unseen issues mainly to the youths and student population.
In view of the discussion, Project Link collaborated with external organisations such as Habitat for Humanity, ClubHeal and the Alzheimer’s Disease Association (ADA).
Connect with the Elderly focused on the needs and wants of the elderly, as well as any misconceptions or perceived notions that we tend to have towards this issue. In this episode, we talk about the social issue facing the elderly in Singapore, including ageing well in Singapore, mental health issues, age discrimination in the workplace and much more.
Caring for the Elderly, discussed how we as individuals can better support and take care of the elderly. In this episode, we talk about health issues facing the elderly, and how we as caregivers can provide them with better care. This includes maintaining both physical and mental health, by keeping the mind active as well as changing diet and physical habits.
Understanding the Elderly helped us gain a deeper insight as to how the elderly are viewed in Islam, and how we as individuals, attain a religious responsibility towards the elderly in our households and beyond.
Our adhoc highlights the importance of elders from an Islamic perspective. You will be able to learn the adab and sunnah of caring for the elderlies and their significance, which are often forgotten by us youths. Thus, you will be able to better appreciate the elders around you.
By being part of this meaningful project, you will be able to understand the difficulties that our elders face on a daily basis and how you can help them in a sustainable way. Through Project Link, it will encourage youths to appreciate the elders around them, be it within their own family or the community. We focus on helping elders with financial needs, physical and/or mental disabilities. Our events are solely focused on making meaningful relationships with the elderlies, giving back to them and how youths can do their part in helping them.
The programmes are scheduled throughout the year from fundraising to making meaningful bonds with our elders having a fulfilling experience on a whole.