Elderly

A separate statute for the elderly will also go a long way in changing negative stereotypes and ageist attitudes about senior citizens which result in age-discriminatory practices in the workforce, as well as in society. Although advances in medical sciences have increased seniors’ life expectancy and quality of life, stereotypes that equate old age with
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The public is always horrified by stories of children abandoning or neglecting their aged parents. But beyond disapproving comments, there is little anyone can do to unfilial children. But by 2020, children who neglect, abandon or abuse their elderly parents could be penalised by the law, once Parliament passes a legistlation to safeguard the rights
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It’s about time – that’s the general sentiment of senior citizens on the government’s commitment to enact a specific law for the elderly to protect their rights and safeguard their welfare. “If we can have laws and human rights for women and children, why not for the eldely too?” says retiree Ahmad Kamil Mohd Yusof.
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When it comes to health for the ageing population, malnutrition is an often overlooked area. In fact, malnutrition, which includes undernutrition as well as over-nutrition, is commonly found in the elderly population and must be addressed to promote the well-being of our senior citizens. According to the 2015 National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS), 4%-11%
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Taking care of our elderly parents is rewarding but it can certainly be demanding, particular for middle agers who are in the sandwich generation and have to care for their children as well. Caring for an elder loved one also requires different skill sets, depending on the medical and cognition condition of the older person
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“After coming home, I put my feet under a kotatsu table, but I couldn’t feel the warmth at all. Instead I felt a massive sense of guilt growing inside of me,” Kana Kawaguchi, now 27, recalled in a recent interview. “I blamed myself for being inside the house while those men were still out there
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What do you enjoy most about your grandparents or your elderly parents? In conjunction with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), Universiti Malaya’s Julius Centre and the Prevent Elder Abuse and Neglect Initiative are inviting the public to send in photographs and/or short videos that celebrate the elderly in their lives – capture the essence
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SENIORS and other people who need care often have trouble finding words for their pain, so anyone looking after them needs to be something of a pain detective. Rather than using the word “pain”, it is more helpful to describe the specific condition, says care scientist Thomas Fischer. Questions like “Does anything hurt?” or “Is
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