Skyfall Windfall for Elderly Care Programme

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Money raised from charity screening of the latest James Bond movie

Friday, November 02, 2012

 

FOR A GOOD CAUSE: (from left) Nathan, Dr Lim and Dr George

 

ABOUT RM40,000 was raised for the Malaysian Healthy Ageing Society’s (MHAS) Caring For The Elderly programme next year via a charity movie screening of the latest James Bond movie Skyfall on Wednesday night at GSC Signature in The Gardens, Kuala Lumpur.

MHAS, a non-governmental organisation based in Kuala Lumpur, managed to sell all the seats in the five months leading up to the event, with more than 500 people attending the screening.

Caring For The Elderly was launched in 2011 and is aimed at educating caregivers and the general public on elderly care. The programme includes advice and training from a panel of experts. Next year, the society plans to include talks on the importance of immunisation and health insurance planning relating to issues in ageing as part of the programme.

Before the Skyfall screening, there was a Press conference chaired by MHAS president Dr Lim Poh Him, advisor Associate Professor Nathan Vytialingam and committee member Dr Philip George.

 

“This is the society’s second charity movie premiere and our first in 2008 was for a James Bond movie too, that year’s Quantum Of Solace,” said Dr Lim.

He said many Malaysians find it challenging to take care of their elderly loved ones.

“Often people do not know where to turn to for information and advice. Through this programme, we hope to reach out to more people and train them to be better caregivers through a series of lectures and hands-on workshops,” said Lim.

“We bring in renowned speakers of various fields and invite general practitioners to come in and listen to these speakers as they explain the medical advances from various fields. We host these programmes in different parts of the country to reach out to everyone.”

Nathan said there has been an increase in reports of abandoned elderly patients at hospitals and homes.

“Health care costs are rising and families are struggling to take care of their elderly loved ones. 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,” said Nathan.

“Our society seeks partners throughout the country to make this very affordable training programme accessible to anyone with an elderly member at home and who desires to be actively involved.”

Dr George stressed that many people tend to ignore and neglect their quality of life and that ageing doesn’t just start when you turn 50.

“You can age and grow old but do you have the quality of life to get you through that later period in life? We at MHAS want to take a holistic approach towards helping people who are ageing which actually starts from young. We need to address physical, mental, financial and social improvement as all these issues are important as you age,” he said.

“You may have good health physically but if you are alone and isolated, then your mental health reduces. We need to invest in ourselves, our environment and community by putting people into action to help others so that when we each age, we are being helped in return.”

According to statistics presented at the Press conference, the percentage of the over-60 population in Malaysia is projected to increase from eight per cent this year to 20 per cent by 2050.

Formed in 2002, MHAS’ primary objective is to create public awareness for the enhancement of quality of life and to increase vigilance on the impact of longevity and ageing population on individuals and society if not addressed.

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