Bond-ing for a good course

Malaysian Healthy Ageing  Society present the Premier of the James Bond movie Skyfall at GSC The Garden cinema in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia. Photo by Peter Lim/

558 men dress up as 007 to raise funds for the elderly

30th November 2012

Agent 007 may have been the hero in Skyfall — the latest James Bond blockbuster to hit the big screen but it was the 558 people who attended the Skyfall movie screening fundraiser event held at GSC Signature, Mid Valley, Kuala Lumpur, recently who were the real heroes of the night.

Clad in black or white and putting on their best 007 look, their mission for the night was to raise funds for the Malaysian Healthy Ageing Society’s Caring for the Elderly programme to be carried out in 2013.

Tickets were sold at RM350, RM100 and RM80 in the five months leading up to the event and the society managed to sell all of the seats.

MHAS president Dr Lim Poh Hin was impressed with the response.

“We are delighted at the support given for this effort and we would like to thank them for their generous support for the event.

“We are also grateful for the support from MSIG who sponsored a whole hall.

“We hope to work closely with more corporate organisations on some of the corporate social responsibility programmes we have planned”.

On a mission: (From left) MHAS adviser Prof AzharMd Zain, Tunku Tan Sri Imran Almarhum Tuanku Ja’afar, MHAS council member Assoc Prof Dr Philip George, Dr Lim, MHAS secretary Ranuga Devy, Assoc Prof Nathan Vytialingam at the fundraiser screening of Skyfall.

Caring for the  Elderly is a programme designed by the Malaysian Healthy Ageing Society to provide elderly care skills training for caregivers or anyone who wishes to extend proper care to their aged loved ones.

“The programme conducted by a panel of healthcare professionals and members of the legal fraternity, equips participants with knowledge and skills which are essential in caring for the elderly.

The programme covers a wide range of topics from dressing surgical wounds, monitoring heart and blood sugar levels, administering medicines to sessions on handling and transporting elderly patients.

There are also talks on the rights of elderly patients covered in its basic training session.

The programme’s advance training session covers topics such as caring for patients with stroke, managing depression and basic resuscitation and first aid.

Next year, the society plans to include sessions on immunisation and health insurance planning into its programme.

Launched in 2009, the response for the Caring for the Elderly programme has been growing with each year.

In 2011, the programme was conducted in seven states and saw a total attendance of 2,500 participants.

According to Dr Lim, numerous calls and emails were received requesting for the Caring for the Elderly programme to extend to all states in Malaysia.

“We hope to get more corporate organisations to help fund these sessions”.

“The society seeks partners throughout the country to make this very affordable training programme accessible to not only professional caregivers and workers of nursing institutions but also to anyone with an elderly member at home who desires to be actively involved”.

Associate Professor Nathan Vytialingam, past president of MHAS said there was a need for certification for caregivers for the elderly.

“A caregiver has to be equipped with the right knowledge and skills and be aware of the actual physical and mental wellness of an elderly patient so that the right form of intervention can be used” he adds.

“In nursing homes in countries like Australia, the US, Hawaii and Japan, the caregivers are trained to handle elderly patients. Some of these countries have certification programmes”.

“There has also been an increase in local media reports on abandoned elderly patients at hospitals and homes — one of the key reasons the society sees the need to stress the importance of proper elderly care.

“Healthcare costs are rising, more time is demanded at the workplace and families are struggling with the care of their elderly loved ones.

“This has the potential to cause a tremendous amount of stress on the family and work life and has to be managed effectively”.

In Malaysia, the percentage of the over-60 population is projected to increase from 8% today to 20% by 2050.

The 1st World Congress on Healthy Ageing was held in Kuala Lumpur early this year discussed global issues in ageing.

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