Shanghai Hua'ai Community Service Management Center affiliated with Shanghai YMCA organized activities for seniors with cognitive impairment, as well as training for caregivers and courses for primary school students during the winter vacation.
To enhance the professional service capabilities of staff in elderly care institutions, from January 29 to 30, teachers specializing in elderly care from the Yokohama YMCA in Japan visited the Hua'ai Elderly Care Home in Minhang District and Zhujiamen Daycare Centre. They conducted training on leading activities for seniors with cognitive impairment and specialized training in dementia care for staff and caregivers in both institutions.
During the Q&A session, the teachers also provided targeted service suggestions for caregivers based on their years of service experience. "The most significant takeaway from the teachers' lectures is not to find the behavior of dementia patients strange but to communicate along with their thoughts."
On February 2, the Happy Camp of the Hua'ai Community Service Management Center came to a close. Staff workers and volunteer teachers from diverse community centers tailored a series of activity courses featuring morality, intelligence, physique, aesthetics, and labor education for children in the jurisdiction, accompanying them through this winter vacation.
Based on the physical and mental development and characteristics of primary school students, the Hua'ai Happy Camp incorporated interests, scientific knowledge, book appreciation, hands-on experiments, cultural and sports exercises, puzzle games, and financial knowledge into the activity courses.
Simultaneously, Shanghai YMCA also conducted winter daycare programs in collaboration with the Xingfu Street Social Work Station in Dujiangyan City, Sichuan Province.
During the activities, students from Sichuan chatted online with 30 students from the Happy Camp of Xinjiayuan Community Cultural Service Center in Gucun Town, Shanghai. They engaged in online interaction on topics such as traditional culture, local cuisine, and campus life, introducing cultural attractions and local specialties of Dujiangyan City and Gucun Town. They learned to communicate in both Shanghai dialect and Sichuanese, and created greeting cards for each other, incorporating local elements such as Panda Valley, Qingcheng Mountain, cherry blossoms, and ancient bridges.
- Translated by Abigail Wu