• 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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  • Depression – ‘A Disabling but Treatable Illness’.

    “I wish I had my hand chopped off so that people would know I am suffering”. This was how a patient described his depression. He was suffering but the suffering was not external, rather it was internal. People could not believe that he was ill. He dressed and walked like normal. They told him to […]

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