SPECIAL TALK SERIES: How Technology and Communications Can Counter Ageing Megatrend
Petrosains is organising a talk series in conjunction with the International Day of Older Persons 2016 on 1 October 2016. With the theme “Take a Stand Against Ageism” set by the United Nations, Petrosains aims to bring awareness to the public of the numerous challenges that comes with an ageing world. Today, there are around 600 million persons aged 60 years and above. This number will increase by 2025 and will reach two billion by 2050. All of us will inevitably age, and thus it pays to be empowered. Come and join us to understand the current challenges that we and the elderly today are facing and how we can help.
Date/Day : 1 October 2016, Saturday
Venue : Petrosains, Level 4, Suria KLCC
9.00 am – 5.00 pm (Exhibition, HotScience area)
9.00 am – 2.00 pm (Talk Series, Galleria 2)
Target audience: Academics, researchers, students, NGOs leaders, social entrepreneurs and changemakers, seniors and their families. This event is open to all (16 years old and above ONLY).
Speakers for the Talk Series
Session 1: Gerontechnology Research and Lab in Malaysia - The Way Forward
By Assoc. Prof. Dr Teh Pei Lee (Monash University Malaysia)
Gerontechnology is a word bearing gerontology and technology. It is an interdisciplinary field established by researchers and scientists of various disciplines in the 1990s. The core of gerontechnology focuses on the impact of technologies within five domains of human activity: health and self-esteem; housing and daily living; mobility and transport; communication and governance; work and leisure. The present talk shares the research development of gerontechnology in Malaysia. One example is the establishment of Gerontechnology Lab, the first of its kind in Malaysia. As a platform for ongoing research in the area of gerontechnology, the Gerontechnology Lab seeks to play an important role to translate research into new products and also shape public policy. The research conducted in the lab will provide in-depth and comprehensive insights into the real needs of the older adults, design age-friendly products and services, and promote an active and independent lifestyle for the elderly.
Session 2: Finding Health Information Online: A Simple Guide for the Seniors
By Dr Adina Abdullah (UM Medical Centre), Dr Liew Chee Sun (UM) & Dr Siti Nurkamilla Ramdzan (UM Medical Centre)
This talk will be presented to highlight various platforms of searching health information online. The importance of identifying reliable platforms will be highlighted to avoid misleading information.
Session 3: Voice Your Needs
By Dr Low Lee Lan (Institute for Health Systems Research, Ministry of Health)
An open and interactive communication between patients and health care providers (HCPs) is an essential component in patient management. The importance of this mutual exchange of information is recognized as an essential component of health care partnerships. Patients have unvoiced needs when they were unable to express what they planned to say to their HCPs during consultations. Hence, voiced your needs or concerns. It is an essential part of good communication. The aim of this presentation is to share the strategies and possible mechanisms to voice your needs during a consultation.
Session 4: Why Does Life Appear to Speed Up As People Get Older?
By Dr Steve Janssen (University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus)
Many people believe that life appears to speed up as they become older. However, age differences in the subjective experience of time are only found in studies in which people are asked to compare time passage in the present to time passage in the past. They are not found in studies that compare the time passage of young, middle-aged and older adults. This discrepancy suggests that the perceived acceleration of time is not due to cognitive ageing but due to impressions of time pressure. People are able to recall many recent instances in which they were very busy, had to rush, and did not have time to complete things, but these events are mostly forgotten from more remote periods. People who have the impression that they are currently experiencing more time pressure than they were experiencing in the past will have the feeling that time is currently passing more quickly for them than time in the past.
This event is organized by:
Petrosains, The Discovery Centre is a gateway to inspire the learning in STEM and ignite the passion for life long knowledge attainment in society. Established by PETRONAS, Petrosains has reached millions across the nation, giving back to the community in the informal learning of science and helping to produce scientifically literate citizens and critical thinkers in the nation.
Malaysian Elders Longitudinal Research (MELoR) is a national research study conducted by University of Malaya to gain insight into the present issues that our elderly population face so the Government and relevant agencies can plan for a better future for our elderly community. While there have been various research studies on the elderly in the past, none of these included the multi-dimensional focus that MELoR has, making for a more cohesive research system that allows for retired persons to continue contributing to society; while also living in an environment where they are able to be actively involved in the formulation and implementation of policies related to their well-being and life.
The Gerontechnology Lab in Monash University Malaysia is the first of its kind in Malaysia. As a platform for ongoing research in the area of gerontechnology, the Gerontechnology Lab seeks to play an important role to translate research into new products and also shape public policy. The research findings conducted in the Gerontechnology Lab will provide in-depth and comprehensive insights into the real needs of the older adults, design age-friendly products and services, and promote an active and independent lifestyle for the elderly.
The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus opened in September 2000 to become the first campus of a British University in Malaysia and one of the first anywhere in the world - earning the distinction of the Queen's Award for Enterprise 2001 and the Queen's Award for Industry (International Trade) 2006.
To address the gap in health systems research in Malaysia, Institute For Health Systems Research (IHSR) was initiated as a Unit within the Institute of Public Health (IPH) before expanding into a Division. It was subsequently established as an independent Institute in November 2002. Currently, the Institute consists of 7 divisions, namely Health Policy Studies and Analysis, Health Care Quality Research, Health Care Services Research, Health Outcomes Research, Health Financing and Economics Research, Medical Statistics, Data Management and ICT, and Administration. IHSR is one of the Institutes under the umbrella of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Institute was designated as the WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Systems Research in 1988 and has been re-designated every four years. In 2001 it had received additional recognition with its appointment as the WHO Collaborating Centre for HSR and Quality Improvement (QI). The Institute plays a part in facilitating the decision-making process at various levels, in particular at policy level within and outside the Health Ministry. IHSR aspires to strengthen this role through building its capacity and capability in knowledge translation (KT), making KT the two-way exchange medium for researchers and other parties to apply the knowledge further.
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM MYT
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- Venue Address
- Petrosains, The Discovery Centre, Level 4, Suria KLCC, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Malaysia
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