International Day of Older Persons (IDOP)

Seniors Give Thanks! 2016

The Seniors Give Thanks! Campaign, in conjunction with the International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) Singapore, is held in October. The campaign encourages seniors to thank and strengthen relationships with their loved ones through simple acts of gratitude. The International Day of Older Persons Singapore, an initiative coordinated by National Council of Social Service, has grown from strength to strength since it was launched in 2014. This year, 500 trained befrienders from close to 40 community, corporate and social service agencies, and schools will be mobilised to encourage seniors to pen down their appreciation and fold paper hydrangeas - a floral symbol of heartfelt gratitude - for the people they wish to thank.

Watch How Seniors Expressed Their Gratitude to Their Loved Ones.

Sometimes, it is the simple gestures that bring greatest happiness. Chow Mui's greatest joy is having her husband, Raymond, by her side through thick and thin, for the past 46 years. Find out how she surprised Raymond with a recreation of their early dates.

Having worked as a domestic helper when she was a teenager, Betty treats Christene, her domestic helper, like a family member. Knowing that Christene misses home, Betty decides to thank Christene with a simple heartwarming gesture.

Mohamed Hussin's two sons, Hozehfa and Taher, though 15 years apart, have always been close. They may have different personalities but there is one thing that they have in common - the love for their father. Since Mohamed Hussin was diagnosed with 'stiff man's syndrome', his sons would often massage his sore limbs and accompany him to his physiotherapy sessions, something he is very thankful for. Watch how Mohamed Hussin shows his appreciation to his two sons despite his mobility challenge.

Tips for Eliciting Gratitude Stories

Eliciting stories is a wonderful way of sparking a conversation with the seniors in your life. Use the themes below as conversation starters:

Credit: Goshen Consultancy Services Pte Ltd


Resources to Engage Seniors

Removing Barriers - Interacting with Seniors

Stories of Simple Gestures, Sincere Gratitude


Seniors' Journey: Past, Present and Future (Eng)


Seniors' Journey: Past, Present and Future (Chi)


To learn more about the Seniors Give Thanks! campaign happenings or to provide feedback, please contact us

Please visit the following websites for more information on how to help seniors enjoy their silver years:

Supporting Partners

Social Service Agencies

AWWA Senior Activity Centre • Buddhist Compassionate Relief Tzu Chi Foundation (Singapore) • GoodLife! (A programme by Montfort Care) • Hope Centre Singapore • Kembangan-Chai Chee Senior Activity Centre • Muhammadiyah Health and Day Care Centre • Pacific Activity Centre Pte Ltd • PEACE-Connect Senior Activity Centre • Sunlove Chai Chee Senior Activity Centre • Sunlove Rehab Centre • Tembusu Senior Activity Centre • Thye Hua Kwan Bedok Radiance Senior Activity Centre • TOUCH Community Services • Tsao Foundation • YAH!(A programme by Montfort Care)

Community Development Councils

Central Singapore CDC • North East CDC • South West CDC


Bedok Orchid Residents' Committee • City for All Ages Whampoa • Jalan Besar Bendemeer Residents' Committee • Jalan Besar Boon Keng Residents' Committee • Kampong Glam Citizens' Consultative Committee • Whampoa Citizens' Consultative Committee • Whampoa Drive Residents' Committee • Whampoa Gardens Residents' Committee • Whampoa Lorong Limau Residents' Committee • Whampoa McNair Residents' Committee • Whampoa Rajah Court Residents' Committee • Whampoa Towner Residents' Committee •. Whampoa View Residents' Committee

Corporate, Social Enterprise and Student Organisations

Ageless Online • Hewlett Packard Inc. Singapore (Private) Limited (HP) • ITE College Central • National University of Singapore • Nanyang Technology University • PropNex Realty Pte Ltd • Temasek Polytechnic • Silver Spring Pte Ltd