At 89-years old, Chan Yit Yoong lives alone in a one-room apartment and gets around with the help of a walking stick. Every Wednesday morning, she heads to Lion Befrienders, a senior activity center in her neighborhood, to exercise with a prototype robot named Xuan.
"Look," Chan says while holding up her right hand and bending her fingers with noticeable difficulty.
"Before Xuan-xuan came, all my fingers couldn't bend properly, but now it's only the index finger that has that problem," she tells CNBC.
As part of a "Digital Inclusion" initiative, Singapore's government, together with Ngee Ann Polytechnic, developed the RoboCoach, a robot exercise instructor for the elderly.
Participants of the RoboCoach program -- mostly above 70-years old -- sit on chairs while intently following Xuan's instructions and demonstrations of upper-body exercises, set to the beat of popular oldies such as ABBA's "Mama Mia."