Age is no barrier to learning first aid

By Sondra Foo, Corporate Communications

Age is certainly not a barrier to learning first aid, as Jocelyn Yong, 78, can attest.

The company where Jocelyn works as a part-time security officer had made it mandatory for security officers to be trained and certified in CPR and AED. However, instead of attending a one-day first aid course to learn CPR and AED, Jocelyn decided to attend the two-day course in December 2019 to learn Standard First Aid, as she felt it was more comprehensive.

With Skills Future, she only needed to fork out S$20.22 on her own. 

“It’s so affordable!” she quipped.

Learning first aid is not something new to her, as she used to be a Red Cross Youth cadet in Malaysia, in her secondary school days from 1961 to 1966. She recalled providing first aid coverage at sea sports activities in Perak then. 

Fifty-three years on, having attended the Standard First Aid course on 3-4 December 2019, she felt that she gained useful first aid knowledge that she had long forgotten. 

She laughed, “It had been five decades since I’d learnt first aid, and I’ve forgotten much of what I had been taught. Coming to Singapore Red Cross Academy has helped me refresh my memory. My first aid instructor, Alex Tan, was very nice and friendly. I have absolutely no regrets coming here to learn first aid!”

In fact, she urges everyone, including the elderly, to learn first aid. 

She explains, “You never know when an emergency may arise, so it’s always good to be prepared. Learning first aid is useful as accidents may happen at home. A loved one may sustain cuts, burns, sprains and fractures (due to falls) at home. A loved one may even suffer a heart attack. These days, there are AED machines readily available at HDB blocks. If more people are trained and certified in first aid, they can help instead of being a bystander.”

If Jocelyn can take the initiative to learn first aid at 77, what is holding you back?

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