• 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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  • Society: More day-care centres needed for the elderly

    The Star- Saturday, 2 April 2016 KUALA LUMPUR: More day-care centres for the elderly should be set up to enable them to continue living in their own homes. Malaysian Healthy Ageing Society adviser Prof Nathan Vytialingam said the World Health Organisation was encouraging “ageing in place”, a term used to describe a person living in the […]

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  • NIOSH: Promote mental healthcare at the workplace

    The Star- Sunday, 3 April 2016 KUALA LUMPUR: Employers should show more initiatives to promote mental healthcare at the workplace. National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said neglect of mental health and psychosocial factors at the workplace was detrimental to the workers and directly affected productivity, efficiency and output […]

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