Professor John Wong, chief executive of the National University Health System (NUHS) urged the people to consider Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection, published in the mid-1800s, which emphasised that neither intelligence nor physical strength was the critical factor for survival. Instead, the key to survival is the ability to adapt to change. More than 200 years later, this need to adapt is more pressing than ever.
Elderly residents of Eunos Crescent received free health screening from NUS medical, nursing and social work students on 9-10 Sept. The student-led Neighbourhood Health Service (NHS) is an annual community health screening that focuses on the elderly and residents from lower income families living in rental blocks and reconnects them to the healthcare system.
While growing old is inevitable, becoming frail is not necessarily so, said health experts.
“Getting enough exercise and the right nutrition (having adequate protein in one’s diet) can delay or even reverse the condition,” said Associate Professor Reshma Merchant, Division Head of Geriatric Medicine at NUS Medicine.
The Deans of Singapore’s three medical schools highlighted the importance of training more "generalist" doctors, who are specialists in fields such as geriatrics or internal medicine, where the focus is typically on the patient as a whole – rather than a specific organ or body part.
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