Navigating towards healthy ageing

The quest to live forever has been our desire since creation. The world’s population is ageing and almost every country is experiencing growth in the proportion of older people in the population.

Mar 14, 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: The quest to live forever has been our desire since creation. The world’s population is ageing and almost every country is experiencing growth in the proportion of older people in the population. Understanding the importance of this trend, Genting Group and the University of Malaya set up the inaugural ‘Eminent Speakers Conference Series’, entitled Navigating towards Healthy Ageing.

This event was held at the University of Malaya on February 28 and attracted about 500 people, mostly members of the public. It brought together some of the world’s top and most distinguished life science and biotechnology experts to share their experience and insights on some of the latest medical breakthroughs on ageing, including dementia.

The speakers were Professor Anders Dale (University of California, San Diego), Professor Ng Kwan Hoong (University of Malaya), Professor Claude Wischik (University of Aberdeen) and Professor Robert Hariri (Celgene Cellular Therapeutics, 2018 Pontifical Key Innovation awardee).

The highlights of the lectures were on the early detection, diagnosis, intervention and treatment of degenerative neuro diseases, especially dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists are still researching into the secrets of how our brains function and to understand the ageing process. The speakers brought home the message that healthy ageing is multi-faceted covering physical, functional, psychological, social and spiritual aspects.

After the closing ceremony, YAB Tun Dr Mahathir arrived to have a dialogue with the speakers, together with Genting
Group chairman, Tan Sri Lim Kok Thye and top management of the University of Malaya. They all recommended that we should shape our society with elderly citizens to age healthily and gracefully.

See the video clip on the setting up of a dementia care centre as a community project by the Genting Group and University of Malya https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxksLKulorw

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