Thank you for the overwhelming response and enthusiastic participation at the Future of Active Ageing Seminar! We would also like to thank Ageing Asia Pte Ltd for the invitation and opportunity to share on this topic which we are passionate about.
In this first session on Cognitive Health, Diabetes and Dementia, Dr Emily Ho shared on the physical and mental stress we encounter as we age. Audience got to learn about how the common conditions like diabetes mellitus, hypertension, high cholesterol and ischemic heart disease are closely linked to mental health issues such as Depression and Dementia. In line with the ‘Fight Against Diabetes’ which is recognized as a common problem among many, she emphasized that Depression is also a very common problem encountered. Dr Emily Ho urged all to recognize the early symptoms of Depression and seek treatment early as needed. More importantly, she shared tips on how to achieve the 6 pillars of good mental health to reduce the risk of Depression.
Lifestyle Changes that Make A Difference
As we go into the future of active ageing, Dr Emily Ho urged all to look into prevention of mental health issues. She shared on how lifestyle changes can reduce risk of common mental health conditions such as Depression and Dementia. Dr Ho also shared on the benefits of the different activities such as horticulture, social engagement, taiji, music and art on the brain.
Planning for the Future
Lastly, Dr Emily Ho also shared examples of how people might benefit from the Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) and Advance Care Planning, and how it reduces the stress faced by some family members when their loved ones loses their mental capacity. We encourage everyone to make early preparations to protect their interests so that a trusted donee can act on their behalf in the future, taking into account their values, preferences and in their best interest.
Dr. Ho also shared her experiences on the struggles people face when they do not have the LPA in place, and was encouraged to see that there is an increasing trend of people who had their Lasting Power of Attorney done, including many in the audience. Do check out https://www.publicguardian.gov.sg for more information about the Lasting Power of Attorney. This is a legal document which allows a person to appoint one or more donees to make decisions and act on his behalf should he lose mental capacity in the future. This decision includes that of personal welfare as well as property and affairs.