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Jurong Ageing Study (JAS)

To promotion mental well-being and prevent depression and dementia among community living the elderly singaporeans, a community-based psychosocial intervention programme has been initiated at TaRA@JP in March 2013. For more information click here.

 

 

Research Books

Ageing Baby Boomers : The Most Pressing Issue of the Age

Ee Heok Kua MBBS

ISBN 978-981-07-1290-7

Abstract

"The greying of the population is probably the most significant
demographic phenomenon in the twenty-first century."

In 2011, the first cohort of baby boomers reached 65 years old – this chronological age categorises them
as senior citizens and they posed a challenge to the biblical calculus that life span is three score years and
ten. The greying of the population is probably the most significant demographic phenomenon in the twenty-first century. Growing old is sometimes viewed in sheer economic terms as the phase when decrements outweigh increments – a bleak prediction of financial woes. The 3Ds – despondency, dependency and decrepitude – define societal perception of ageing. Such prejudices arise from unfounded notions about elderly people. Ageists have contemptuous attitudes towards the elderly whose needs are belittled because they are no longer economically productive and are dependent members of the society. We will soon realise that ageism is a pernicious attitude because the elderly are our future selves and if we harbour such negativity towards them, we may encounter the same prejudice later. Ageing is a normal biological process affecting both the body and mind. Old age is not an illness - it is a truism that growing old is a state of mind. An important fact supported by research is that the ageing process is not necessarily in pace with our chronological age and varies with individuals and communities. Of critical importance is functional capacity or the ability to engage in purposeful activity.

 


MENTAL HEALTHCARE OF THE ELDERLY : A Primer for Health Professionals

EDITED BY KUA EE HEOK, MD RATHI MAHENDRAN, MD

ISBN 978-981-07-8417-1

Abstract
The first book on Ageing Medicine in Asia was published 28 years ago. Since then there has been
a steady progress in research and health services in this expanding field of Medicine. The impetus to
write this book for Asian healthcare professionals was prompted by the late Professor S S Ratnam,
who was the Director of Postgraduate Medical Studies at the National University of Singapore 15
years ago. With the greying of the population in many Asian countries, he mooted a training course
on mental healthcare of the elderly because of a dearth of professional skills in this subspecialty.
The phenomenal increase in the number of elderly people in the near future – the 'new old' – will
pose tremendous challenges to health and social services. For the past century, mental healthcare
of many Asian countries mirror the British model, initially with the large mental asylum and now
with a community emphasis. In recent years, Asian countries have begun to rethink and introduce
innovations to improve their mental health services. This book contains some of these new ideas
and is a primer for health professionals who are involved in the care of elderly people with mental
health problems like depression and dementia.