Seniors

The late Dr Gwendolen Smith, consultant paediatrician, is remembered by many with great fondness for her dedication as a clinician as well as her passion in advocating for children’s health and well-being. One of only two paediatricians in Malaysia in the 1960s, Dr Smith was part of a pioneering group of specialists that established many
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Our nation is ageing rapidly. Thanks to medical advances, improvements in hygiene and food supply, Malaysians are living longer. But our infrastructure and services haven’t moved in tandem to keep up with the needs of the elderly. The concern is not only about the size of the ageing population, but also their health, welfare, care
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Want to learn how to play the Gamelan? Or learn photography, how to cultivate a herbal garden or paint? Well, if you are above 55, these classes (and many more) are at your disposal – for a minimal sum – at the University of the Third Age (U3A) Kuala Lumpur and Selangor. Part of a
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Don’t Miss Our “In The Mood For Love” Contest! Details Below  They were classmates, and Datuk Koh Kia Lim had his eye on Datin Lim Ah Lan from the time he was 15. “We had known each other from Form One but I really noticed her in Form 3. “She was a librarian and although
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We all know eating right and keeping fit is important, but here are some simple ways to also look after your mental health in 2019. Make time for cultural events Research just published in December 2018  found that seniors could lower their chances of depression in old age by making regular trips out to the
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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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What does retirement mean to you? If you’re thinking rocking chairs, knitting needles, gardening tools and TV remotes, you’re way off. Older adults in their 60s, 70s, 80s and even 90s are ditching stereotypes on what the golden years should be like. More and more seniors are pushing conventions aside and reinventing life after retirement.
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Never let age stop you from pursuing your dreams. This was the advice Lily Fu, 70, gave her course mates in her valedictorian speech when she graduated with a Masters of Science in Applied Gerontology from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in 2018. Fu truly embodies that philosophy. She was the oldest in her class, but
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Yes, your brain is like a muscle: If you don’t strengthen and stretch its capacities, it will not deliver high performance. But your brain is not like one of those forgiving muscles that lets you engage in a lifetime of indolence and then perks up willingly when you take up weight-training upon retirement. No, your
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Kirk Douglas is not slowing down at age 102. His actor son, Michael Douglas, recently revealed that the Hollywood legend is savvy with today’s social-media trends and has picked up FaceTime. “He’s amazing. He’s discovered FaceTime. He just loves it,” he said. Over the Dec 9 weekend, Michael Douglas’ wife, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, also used
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Helen is enamoured with furry little Bonita, who purrs, meows and stretches out in Helen’s arms. “It’s ok, it’s ok,” cooed the 84-year-old patient at the Alzheimer’s Community Care Organisation’s Specialised Adult Day Care Centre, as Bonita rolled on her back for a belly rub. “You’re a pretty girl. Yes, you are. Are you going
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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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