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The Art, Science and Good News of Ageing — Five-part Series

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Living a healthy and long life is considered a gift. While none of us can control how long we will live, we can make choices that influence how we age optimally into our golden years.

Join our five-part series, as we dialogue with doctors, healthcare professionals and NGO leaders. Discover practical and philosophically-rich ways for us to keep the mind tuned in and the body tuned up through this series featuring evidence-based findings, reflections and lived experiences.

Whatever our age, and whether we are a caregiver or a recipient of care, the talks will help us understand the physical, mental and emotional changes that come with age.

This series is in a hybrid format — you may choose to join us either by clicking here to register as an in-person attendee at the venue or registering below to participate online via Zoom.

Series Moderator

Adj Asst Prof Maleena Suppiah Cavert is the Chief Wellbeing Officer at the National University Health System (NUHS). Her career as a food scientist, educator, and healthcare professional spans six countries and over three decades. She keeps healthy through educated nutritional choices, dancing, yoga, swimming, tennis, meditation, and cooking for family and friends. In the ‘sleep’ category, she admits that it’s not optimal yet… but she’s working on it! 

In this series

Part 1 | Mindful Ageing

Ageing brings with it psychological changes which impact our memory, personality and behaviour. Prof Kua and Dr Ang will talk about the changes to our brain and mind as we age, and suggest how we can age with dignity and grace by maintaining cognitive health.

Part 2 | Ageing with Physical Confidence

Physical health is key to ageing well. What changes should we expect as our body ages biologically? How can we maintain our mobility and physical wellbeing into our golden years? Prof Tay and Dr Au will share their vast knowledge and insights on healthy ageing.

Part 3 | Getting Age-Prepared

Can the phrase, “The Best Years of Your Life,” be more than an oft-spoken cliché? Prof Wong and Foong Ming will tell us how we can find peace of mind and live a more fulfilled life with practical tools that help ourselves and our family plan and navigate the realities of ageing.

Part 4 | TCM for Ageing

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) holds a very different philosophy when it comes to lifestyle, fitness, and the prevention and treatment of diseases. Hear from Dr Goh and Dr Tan on ageing well holistically and how TCM solutions can make a real difference.

Meet the Speakers for Part 4

Dr Goh Chye Tee is Consultant Physician and former Director of the NTU Chinese Medicine Clinic and Director of Biomedical Sciences/Chinese Medicine at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. Amid his career as an accounting professor, he obtained Singapore TCM Registered Physician qualification and a PhD from Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine in China. Dr Goh served as a member of the Accreditation Committee and an Examiner at the TCM Practitioners Board and was an International Peer Reviewer in a WHO ‘Standardisation of Traditional Chinese Medicine’ project. Dr Goh’s clinical practice covers pain management and gastrological ageing disorders. His research interests include depression and TCM philosophy for better health management.

A/Prof Tan Chay Hoon is an Associate Professor in Pharmacology at National University of Singapore (NUS) and Consultant Psychiatrist at National University Hospital (NUH). She was awarded Honorary Fellow after 36 years as a teaching faculty with the Department of Pharmacology, NUS. A/Prof Tan has received multiple university teaching awards from 2002 to 2020, including NUS Faculty Outstanding Educator in 2016 and Mentoring Innovation and Leadership in Educational Scholarship (MILES) Award in 2020. Prior to her graduation from Singapore University Medical School in 1980, A/Prof Tan obtained her diploma in Acupuncture in 1977. She served as a member of the Health Science Authority Proprietary Medicine Committee, supervised postgraduate students and published articles in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). She also co-edited 2 books namely ‘A Guide To Medicinal Plants’ and ‘Ginseng And Ginseng Products 101: What Are You Buying?’.

Washington DC: 4.30am – 6.00am
London: 9.30am – 11.00am
New Delhi: 2pm – 3.30pm
Bangkok/Hanoi/Jakarta: 3.30pm – 5.00pm
Beijing/Manila/Singapore/Kuala Lumpur: 4.30pm – 6.00pm
Seoul/Tokyo: 5.30pm – 7.00pm
Sydney: 7.30pm – 9.00pm

Register for Part 4 | TCM for Ageing

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Part 5 | Philosophy of Ageing

Why do we need philosophy in ageing? Prof Cheung will answer this question in this final session of the series.

Meet the Speakers for Part 5

Dr Kanwaljit Soin is a well-respected orthopaedic and hand surgeon. She is also a former and Singapore’s first female Nominated Member of Parliament, from 1992-1996. Dr Soin, who was inducted into the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame in 2014, is actively involved in welfare and advocacy organisations. She became a founding member of the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) in 1985 and was AWARE’s president between 1991-1993. Her other credentials include being the founding chair of the Singapore chapter of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the founding president of Women’s Initiative for Ageing Successfully” (WINGS). Dr Soin has received accolades such as the Singapore Medical Association Merit Award, Singapore’s Woman of the Year, the International Women’s Forum’s Women Who Make a Difference Award and a UNIFEM Lifetime Achievement Award. She is also the author of ‘Silver Shades of Grey: Memos for Successful Ageing in the 21st Century’.

Prof Cheung Chan Fai obtained his BA and MPhil degrees from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), and Dr. Phil. from Freiburg University, Germany. His research interests include death and happiness, phenomenology, the philosophy of love, theories of General Education and more. Before Prof Cheung retired from CUHK in 2012, he was Professor and former Chairman of the Department of Philosophy. Prof Cheung is also a prolific author. His most recent publications are: Hong Kong in Crisis (in Chinese, 2021), Educated to be Human: Essays on the Humanities, Philosophy and General Education (in Chinese, 2021), Proximity and Distance (2019), and Phenomenology of Photography (in Chinese, 2019). 

Washington DC: 4.30am – 6.00am
London: 9.30am – 11.00am
New Delhi: 2pm – 3.30pm
Bangkok/Hanoi/Jakarta: 3.30pm – 5.00pm
Beijing/Manila/Singapore/Kuala Lumpur: 4.30pm – 6.00pm
Seoul/Tokyo: 5.30pm – 7.00pm
Sydney: 7.30pm – 9.00pm

Register for Part 5 | Philosophy of Ageing

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with details on how to join the webinar. We look forward to welcoming you to our event.

Click here to register

Disclaimer: The views expressed by the speakers in this webinar are their own and do not represent the opinions of The HEAD Foundation.

Mr Ho Swee Huat

Mr Ho Swee Huat is the Founder and Managing Director of Abacus Assets Advisors Pte Ltd. Before starting the company, he had an established career in the banking industry, with 20 years of experience in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York.

He was an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of CapitaCommercial Trust Management LTD from 2004 to 2013.

He is the current Chairman of Autism Association (Singapore) which he co-founded with a group of parents in 1992. He is also Vice-Chairman of Eden School, a special school for children with autism.

Mr Ho holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Liberal Arts degree in Economics from Hamilton College, USA.

He has been a member of the Board of the Foundation since its incorporation.