The ASEAN Conference on Healthy Ageing 2017 is a gathering of respected thought leaders who will address the challenges and issues of ageing from a holistic point of view. The conference will address major challenges that will be brought about as a result of a rapidly ageing population, focusing on many of the unique concerns of the ASEAN region as well as the wider issues of healthy ageing that encompass a more holistic and lifelong aspect of the individual.
Mr. Michael W. Hodin (USA) - CEO of Global Coalition on Aging
Ms. Marilyn Pattison (Australia) - President of World Federation of Occupational Therapists
Emeritus Professor Takeo Ogawa (Japan) - President, Asian Aging Business Centre (NPO)
Professor Tri Budi W Rahardjo (Indonesia) - Gerontologist at Universitas Indonesia
Dr. Peter Norrie (Australia) - Chief Psychiatrist of Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Dr. Vaikunthan Rajaratnam (Singapore) - Senior Consultant Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery
Professor Dr. Raghu Varadaraja (India) - Liver and Kidney Transplant Surgeon, India
Professor Phyo Myint (Scotland) - Chair in Old Age Medicine at University of Aberdeen
Associate Professor Giang Thanh Long (Vietnam) -Director of Institute of Public Policy and Management (IPPM) at National Economics University
Associate Professor Siriphan Sasat (Thailand) - Faculty of Nursing, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
Dr. Anupama Roy Chowdhury (Singapore) - Consultant Geriatrician at Khoo Tech Phuat Hospital
Dr. Ravindran Kanesvaran (Singapore) - Consultant, Division of Medical Oncology at National Cancer Centre
Dr. Karen Morgan (Ireland) - RSCI Lead, Psychology & Behavioural Sciences
Ms. Carolyn Webster (Western Australia) - Past President, World Federation of Occupational Therapists
Ms. Ai Lian Lim (USA) - Adjunct Professor in Occupational Therapy
Dr. Jaya Prakash Reddy (Australia) - Consultant Psychiatrist
Dr. Sadhana Maharaj (Australia) - Consultant Psychiatrist
Paul Koh (Singapore) - Lead Designer of TWODPK
Ms. Thelma Kay (Singapore) - Consultant on Healthy Ageing, United Nations
Professor Gerard Bodeker (United Kingdom) - Chair, Global Initiative for Traditional Systems of Health
Mr. Nandadeva Pereira (Sri Lanka) - Life Coach and Spiritual Instructor
Dr. Johann Kim Manez (Philippines) - Lifestyle Medicine Physician
Datuk Mahadev Shanker - Former Malaysian Court of Appeal Judge
Mr. K. Siladas -Advocate and Solicitor
Ms. Ranuga Devy - Advocate and Solicitor
Tunku Alizakri Raja Muhammad Alias - Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Strategy), Employees Provident Fund
Dato’ Dr. Mohammed Azman Bin Dato’ Aziz Mohammed - Chief Executive Officer, Social Security Organisation
Dato’ Seri Dr. N. Premchandran - National Orthopaedic Chief Advisor, Ministry of Health Malaysia
Datuk Dr. Zulkifli B. Jantan - University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)
Datuk Dr. Jayaram Menon - National Head of Gastroenterology, Ministry of Health Malaysia
Dato’ Dr. Jaswant Singh - Consultant Medical Oncologist, KPJ Sabah
Datuk Dr. Rajban’s Singh - Consultant Geriatrician, Pantai Medical Centre
Dato' Dr. Selvalingam Sothilingam - Consultant Urologist, Pantai Hospital Malaysia
Dato Steve Yap - Complementary Medicine Director, DSY Wellness and Longevity Center
Datin Dr. Sheila Marimuthu - Consultant Pediatrician and Adolescent Specialist, Kuala Lumpur Hospital
Lt. Kol. Professor Dr. Choo Beng Huat (B) - Consultant Internal Medicine Specialist and Nephrologist, University Pertananan Nasional Malaysia
Professor Dr. Lim Lik Thai - Senior Consultant Ophthalmologist and Head of Department of Ophthalmology, UNIMAS
Professor Dr. Philip George - Head of Department of Psychological Medicine, International Medical University, Malaysia
Professor Nathan Vytialingam - Dean, School of Occupational Therapy, Perdana University
Associate Professor Tan Maw Pin - Consultant Geriatrician, University Malaya Medical Centre
Dr. Alan Soh @ Abdul Hanan bin Abdullah - General Practitioner, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Cognitive Behavior Therapist
Dr. Chua Hock Hin - Infectious Disease Physician, Sarawak General Hospital
Dr. Wong Teck Wee - Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, iHEAL Medical Centre
Dr. Julian Matius Tagal - Ophthalmologist, Sarawak General Hospital
Dr. Lim Poh Hin - Consultant Neurologist, KPJ Ampang Putri Hospital
Dr. Lawrence Lee H.K. - Consultant Geriatrician, Sarawak General Hospital
Dr. Lam Chee Loong - Palliative Care Specialist, University Malaya Medical Centre
Dr. Tie Siew Teck - Respiratory Physician, Sarawak General Hospital
Dr. Selvasingam Ratnasingam - Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Sarawak
Dr. G.K. Ananda - Head, Department of Oral Surgery Hospital Enche' Besar Hajjah Kalsom, Kluang Johor
Dr. Gurdeep Singh Grewal - Consultant Psychiatrist, The Mind Faculty
Dr. Ismail Drahman - Director of Hospital Sentosa, Kuching Sarawak
Dr. Sivaneswaran Poobalasingam - Integrative and Complementary Medicine
Dr. Vaidya CD Siby - Chief Ayurvedic Physician, Ayur Centre
Dr. Amir Farid Isahak - Founding President of Guolin Qigong Association Malaysia
Mr. Thillainathan Krishnan - Senior Occupational Therapist, Ministry of Health Malaysia
Mr. Matthew Teo - Lecturer, School of Occupational Therapy, Perdana University
Ms. Norsyaqina Shamsudin - Lecturer, School of Occupational Therapy, Perdana University
Ms. Joyce Leong - Senior Lecturer in Nursing, University Putra Malaysia
Financial impact of ageing in ASEAN
Obesity – the growing problem in ASEAN
Metabolic disorders in the ASEAN region
Caregivers – Who cares?
Prevention and management of cancer
Intimacy and ageing
Educating healthcare professionals on changing landscape of ageing
Employment opportunities for the aged
Maintaining a healthy heart
Why do we need supplements?
Re-evaluating mental health issues in ASEAN
Ageing and financial fitness
Ageing with disabilities
Improving the quality of women’s health
Maintaining good skin as you age
Inequalities in health
Stress and Ageing
By 2050, the number of people aged 65 and above is expected to grow dramatically all across Asia, by as much as 314% percent from 2000. This unprecedented rate of population ageing across the region will undoubtedly have a tremendous impact on various aspects of society’s life and living including economy, healthcare, social development and welfare.
Against the backdrop of current modern society and lifestyle, ageing becomes much more challenging when it’s not complemented with good health – and these healthy lifestyle habits should begin from an early age. Consequently, the issue of healthy ageing begs the need to enhance our knowledge about fostering good health among people of all ages, starting from as young as possible, to promote a better quality of life in the later stages.
Most ASEAN nations have a rapidly ageing population that present unique challenges to the economic development of these countries.
Most ASEAN nations including Malaysia will reach an ageing nation status by 2030.
The ASEAN HAC 2017 will serve as a platform for leading experts to share knowledge and expertise in the areas of ageing.
Malaysia takes a lead role in ageing following the success of the 1st World Congress on Healthy Ageing in Kuala Lumpur – an initiative by Malaysia and MHAS.
The ASEAN region finds itself in a unique position when it comes to its rapidly expanding ageing population. While we are only just beginning to experience population ageing, the process is occurring much more rapidly than it did in Europe and North America. This means that we not only have less time to prepare for ageing, but most will be forced to meet the challenges of ageing at much lower levels of development than in the West and Japan.
Existing efforts to support this phenomenon focus on four main approaches – policies and programmes that enhance traditional Asian systems of family support; policy reforms that encourage the elderly who are still capable to remain in the work force; institutions and systems that support high levels of personal savings; and public programmes, including pension schemes and national healthcare systems.
The ASEAN Conference on Healthy Ageing 2017 creates a platform that encourages us to learn from each other and facilitates a greater sharing of knowledge and best practices. It serves as an opportunity for us to dissect, discuss, debate and develop policies and plans in the interest of promoting a more holistic and healthy ageing society, as well as integrate these into our respective national and regional agendas.