The Experience of Ageing: What to expect, how to prepare, making the most of our later years.
Date: Wednesday, 10 October 2018
Speaker: Professor Lewis A. LIPSITZ
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Chairperson: Professor Brian KENNEDY
Distinguished Professor in Departments of Biochemistry and Physiology,
NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
Director of NUHS Centre for Healthy Ageing
As a result of improvements in sanitation, nutrition, maternal and child health, medical care, antibiotics and vaccines for infectious disease, the world’s population is rapidly ageing. In America, approximately 10,000 people are turning 70 every day. This unprecedented demographic shift is presenting enormous global social, economic, political, and health care challenges that will require advances in research, training, and policy to adequately address. Major medical issues in older adults include memory loss, impaired mobility, falls, pain, disability, and frailty, most of which are neglected in medical training and poorly understood by medical providers. Fortunately, many of these conditions are preventable through life-style changes, smoking cessation, a Mediterranean diet, physical and mental exercise, social engagement, and the control of hypertension and other cardiovascular risk factors.
Dr Lewis Lipsitz, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School shares what we can expect as we experience the ageing process and how we can remain healthy and productive in our later years.