The Elderly Academy was set up in 1996, and provided our participants with lectures in various subject contents such as learning of specific knowledge and skills, such as dance & sports, arts & crafts, and other skills. In 2016, as an effort to provide more flexibility and autonomy to our participants in the selection and choices, the Elderly Academy was restructured to form the Silver Fox Clubs. In addition, members can apply to set up new clubs anytime, the only requirement is that they have 10 or more members.
Through participation in these clubs, senior folks get the opportunities to get out of their houses, make new friends, learn new talents, and share their hobbies. They also gain confidence and esteem when they show off and/or demonstrate their new competence in exhibitions, shows, and performances that comes with the joining of these clubs.
“A new song a week, keeps the brain young.” The teacher introduces a new song each week Through singing, members have the opportunity to release their emotions, demonstrate their talents and develop new friendships as they get to know each other better and share their interests.
This club is led by teacher Ms.Hsu. There are 55 members in this club. Members’ average age is 66. The performances that this club presented are always very entertaining and impressive. Teacher Hsu is also very accomplished in choreography. She has integrated dramatic performance and dance into the choir’s performances. Their performances, which generally are conducted several times per year, always gained high praises from the audiences. In 2019, they won the first place in Hakka Song Chorus Contest.
This club is led by several professional teachers, as called for by the different categories of the dances and the style of the folk-lores. The members of this club are very autonomous and set high standards for their performances. They are constantly invited to perform in various charitable activities.
This club is in operation for 8 years already. Rouliqiu is a sport invented in Shanxi province 20 years ago. It combines tai chi with badminton and can be played as a competitive sport across a net or individually as a form of therapeutic sport. It is a popular activity among the senior folks. Currently, there are 18 members in this club. Four of them have been certified as qualified Rouliqiu teachers. Due to space limit, at this time there is no opening for new club members.
This club consists of 30 members whom are also very active in sports. “Nothing is more moving than putting on a well-coordinated dance show after a long period of practice” said one of the members. In order to keep things interesting and exciting, the teacher always start a new dance routine each month. Move with fun!
Inorder to accommodate students with different levels of fluency, there are basic and advanced level classes for the Japanese lessons. Both course content include daily conversation and grammar study. This class is designed to encourage and make it convenient for students to be able to communicate in Japanese while traveling or staying in Japan. Some of the advanced class students even passed JLPT N3!
This club is in operation for more than 10 years. Teacher Zheng teaches Chinese painting with experiences and great precisions. Under his guidance members are able to develop innovative designs and express their feelings through paintings naturally. Throughout the years, the art works created by the members of this club have been exhibited in several Art Centers in Taoyuan City.
This club has also been in operation for more than 10 years and is led by teacher Mr.Hong. Through teacher’s demonstration and guidance, members are able to gain content knowledge and learn various techniques. All members enjoy the process of creating watercolor paintings. Exhibitions of their work are organized at the end of each year. Through these exhibition, members can learn from each other and share their art works with the community.
Erhu (oriental violin)
For many years teacher Ms.Ling travels from Taichung all the way to Chungli every week to teach erhu. Teacher Lin teaches with dedication and passion, her demeanor helps the members in expressing their feelings through playing more comfortably and easily. Members of this club enjoy playing very much and often practice together on their own. They are also invited to perform in various charitable activities.
This club consists of 35 members. Members of the club would get together and discuss a topic of interest weekly. The topic for discussion is diverse, including environmental protection and activities, forum discussions, life experiences and family management, etc. The discussion is led by the class leader.