Meet 99-year-old Jack Lowe; he’s the man in the chair with the big broad smile.
Mr Lowe has just completed his twelfth round trip with Singapore Airlines between his home near Manchester, England, and family in Canberra.
Having cared for him many times, cabin and flight crew believe Mr Lowe may have found the secret to a long, happy, and healthy life – travel!
Staying active both mentally and physically is seen as key to delaying or managing the effects of ageing. Dementia Australia says activities that involve thinking and learning help build new brain cells and strengthen brain activity.
Social activity is also important. Dementia Australia recommends spending time with friends and family, along with activities that combine movement and social interaction.
Travel encompasses all that and supplements those day to day healthy habits that might be part of your routine.
Mr Lowe is supported in his adventures by Singapore staff around the globe.
“Nothing is more satisfying than to see our customers reach their destination safe and sound, with a smile on their face,” says Hugh Chevrant-Breton, Manager Australian Capital Territory, Singapore Airlines.
“We care about the journey that each passenger takes with us.
“It’s our pleasure to provide care and assistance to our passengers that need a bit of extra assistance, whether at the airport, during the flight or when making flight connections:” says Mr Chevrant-Breton.
Direct flights between Canberra and Singapore have certainly made it easier for Mr Lowe and his family to reconnect and for Mr Lowe to remain happy and healthy as he approaches 100 years.
“In the past, Mr Lowe’s time with Singapore ended in Sydney. We can now look after him all the way to Canberra, one less complication for Mr Lowe and his family to manage,” Mr Chevrant-Breton says.
“Mr Lowe usually has a member of our team assisting him to move about in a wheelchair, negotiating check-in counters and boarding the aircraft at Canberra, Changi, and Manchester Airports.
“We also help him through immigration, help him with his bags and reunite him with his loved ones on arrival,” Mr Chevrant-Breton says.
That special assistance is ready wherever Singapore Airlines flies, comes at no additional cost and is available to a range of vulnerable passengers or people who just need a helping hand with the rigours of travel.
“Travel brings such rewards and enriches your life, we are here to help get anyone and everyone on their way,” Mr Chevrant-Breton says.
“And I think there’s also something magical that happens when you book your travel, those tickets and the plans you make gives you something to look forward to. Perhaps that’s also part of Mr Lowe’s fountain of youth.”
From May 1, Singapore Airlines will fly daily from Canberra to the globe, opening a new world of opportunities for all ages.
Keep an eye out for Mr Lowe in your travels.
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