• 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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  • 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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    When writing your will, make sure your wishes are known

    Housewife K.G. Lim, 61, was devastated when her husband passed away after a heart attack in 2005. When she learnt that he died intestate, Lim felt her world had crumbled. “As I tried to make sense of his death and manage our sundry shop business, I had to deal with legal issues as the bank […]

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  • Tengku Aizan: ‘Malaysia has a rather short time to prepare for the transition into an aged nation.’

    Silent ‘epidemic’ of ageing

    Malaysia, like many of its neighbours in Asia, is in danger of getting old before we know it. CHALLENGES of the ageing population are no longer issues faced by developed countries. Developing countries are fast catching up and Malaysia is not spared. In fact, the speed of growth in the number of the aged in […]

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    Abandoned

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    Creating age friendly cities

    Malaysia is expected to become an aging nation within the next seven years, yet none of our cities are officially declared age-friendly and fitted to encourage healthy aging. It’s about time we paid attention to this issue.   Download PDF  

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