• Expert says the young can help the elderly to age gracefully

    PETALING JAYA: What happens when Malaysia reaches a population with more retirees than active adults and children? The prospect seems to be a distant reality, but statistics show that Malaysia is fast approaching the status of an ageing nation. Dr Wong Teck Wee, president of the Malaysian Healthy Ageing Society, said Malaysia would suffer a […]

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  • Tackling Loneliness Among The Elderly

    KUALA LUMPUR: Loneliness and other mental health issues among the elderly need to be looked into as the country becomes an ageing nation by 2030. The Malaysian Healthy Ageing Society (MHAS) advisor Prof Nathan Vytialingam said the government should consider having a separate ministry or division to focus on the ageing population. He said that […]

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  • Occupational therapist Dr Nathan wants to help the elderly live life to the fullest

    Occupational therapy is not a career that one often hears about. However, the more this writer learns about the client-centred profession, the more impressed I become. Occupational therapists are professionals who work with individuals of all ages and abilities, to address the difficulties – psychological and physical – that hinder them from living their fullest […]

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  • Making Life Easier for Seniors

    PETALING JAYA: Living facilities for senior citizens will be more user-friendly and accessible, with government guidelines on such standards to be ready soon. The Physical Planning Guidelines for the Elderly is being drafted by the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry. Such plans will be timely with the expected growth in demand for retirement […]

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  • Growing Demand for Retirement Villages

    AS the saying goes, nobody is getting any younger. And neither is our nation. In the next three years, one in 10 Malaysians will be aged 60 and above. By 2040, the ratio is projected to be one in five Malaysians, and the country would have already reached ageing nation status. Nevertheless, Malaysians are living […]

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  • Battling Loneliness

    FLORENCE Lim’s (not her real name) husband died six years ago. Her only child is married and has moved to another town with her husband. Since her retirement, Lim, 61, does not keep in touch with her former colleagues. She does not drive but relies on public transport and that makes it difficult for her […]

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  • Violent, suspicious, paranoid: Parents who suffer from serious brain disease

      “Someone is trying to break into my wardrobe. The lock doesn’t work anymore,” M. Maimunah (not her real name), 60, complains to Jo, her youngest son who is visiting her. She lives with her eldest son Din and his family. Jo nods his head and promises to buy her a new lock when he next visits […]

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  • Help! My mum’s mental illness has turned her into a monster

    There’s no knowing when Madam Tang will go berserk. During these flare-ups, Tang will knock her head on the wall or beat her chest. Family members do not know why the matriarch of the house is acting so irrationally. But her waning memory and behavioural changes are signs that things are not right. “My mother […]

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  • Healthy when young, healthy when old

    The Star- Saturday, 2 April 2016 BY LOH FOON FONG KUALA LUMPUR: Staying healthy from an early age keeps the nursing home at bay – that is the message from the Health Ministry and aged care specialists. They have urged Malaysians to put serious efforts into caring for their physical and mental health in order to […]

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  • CONSENSUS SUMMARY OF 1ST WCHA

    CONSENSUS SUMMARY OF 1ST WORLD CONGRESS ON HEALTHY AGEING KUALA LUMPUR CONVENTION CENTRE, KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA 19th -22nd MARCH 2012 DOWNLOAD

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