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Want to learn how to play the Gamelan? Or learn photography, how to cultivate a herbal garden or paint? Well, if you are above 55, these classes (and many more) are at your disposal – for a minimal sum – at the University of the Third Age (U3A) Kuala Lumpur and Selangor. Part of a
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Don’t Miss Our “In The Mood For Love” Contest! Details Below  They were classmates, and Datuk Koh Kia Lim had his eye on Datin Lim Ah Lan from the time he was 15. “We had known each other from Form One but I really noticed her in Form 3. “She was a librarian and although
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A separate statute for the elderly will also go a long way in changing negative stereotypes and ageist attitudes about senior citizens which result in age-discriminatory practices in the workforce, as well as in society. Although advances in medical sciences have increased seniors’ life expectancy and quality of life, stereotypes that equate old age with
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The public is always horrified by stories of children abandoning or neglecting their aged parents. But beyond disapproving comments, there is little anyone can do to unfilial children. But by 2020, children who neglect, abandon or abuse their elderly parents could be penalised by the law, once Parliament passes a legistlation to safeguard the rights
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It’s about time – that’s the general sentiment of senior citizens on the government’s commitment to enact a specific law for the elderly to protect their rights and safeguard their welfare. “If we can have laws and human rights for women and children, why not for the eldely too?” says retiree Ahmad Kamil Mohd Yusof.
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Helen is enamoured with furry little Bonita, who purrs, meows and stretches out in Helen’s arms. “It’s ok, it’s ok,” cooed the 84-year-old patient at the Alzheimer’s Community Care Organisation’s Specialised Adult Day Care Centre, as Bonita rolled on her back for a belly rub. “You’re a pretty girl. Yes, you are. Are you going
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  SOME kids like scary stuff, and some kids hate it. Movies with fearsome images, intense danger, loud noises, and – above all – blood and gore can create all sorts of problems, so it’s wise to take it slowly. Children younger than seven can’t easily distinguish between fantasy and reality, even if you tell
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Dhivakar Vijayachandran is only 16 but he has already invested in his first stock, made money from it and is on the lookout for more investments. The teenager reads financial and business publications regularly so he can make informed decisions about investing. But the principles of saving and growing his money, he says, were ingrained
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As children get older, they come across strong language in everything from YouTube videos to online comments. And lately, the amount of swearing in public discourse seems to have bumped up a few notches. Parents can take advantage of these moments by explaining how shows (and other media) get attention for profanity, a strategy that’s
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Ageing conjures up a host of negative images – old people are seen as being frail, “past it”, over the hill, weak, dependent, slow and irrelevant. Because of such negative stereotypes, most people don’t want to be reminded that they’re growing “old”. Negative stereotypes about ageing diminish the real value of older people, many of
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The challenges that individuals with autism have with fitting in socially, and society’s lack of understanding of their condition, were recently highlighted when a 22-year-old autistic man was detained overnight for allegedly molesting a woman. In her plea for leniency after the incident, Ahmad Ziqri Morshidi’s mother Datin Hasnah Abdul Rahman said that her autistic
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