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Caregiving in the Times of COVID-19

A talk by Dr Mary Ann Tsao, Ms Janice Chia, Ms Wang Jing, Ms Corinna Lim, Ms Faiza Sanip and Dr Weng Mooi Tan
Ageing Asia Pte Ltd, Tsao Foundation, AWARE, Agency for Integrated Care (AIC)

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COVID-19 impacts all ages, but the group most at risk are older people, who suffer the highest rate of severe disease and death worldwide. Singapore has done well in protecting our older people, but COVID-19 has significant impact nonetheless on older people, their families and service providers.

Co-organised by Ageing Asia, the Tsao Foundation and the International Longevity Centre - Singapore, this webinar series aims to examine the impact of COVID-19, specifically how policy measures, changes in service delivery and community response affect the well being of older people and the people around them. This series of interactive webinars hope to address these questions: What happened? What interventions worked? What didn’t? What would the “new normal” be like? How can we co-create a more positive future for older people even in these unusual times?

This upcoming webinar, “Caregiving in the Times of COVID-19”, will look at how family caregivers are affected during various stages of COVID-19 response. As gratifying as it maybe, caregiving under even normal circumstances can be challenging. How do caregivers fare during COVID-19 when they are devoid or curtailed of help from services, family and friends? How do caregivers - especially women caregivers - cope with extra household responsibilities when all family members in the household are staying in? What new interventions maybe useful to support their mental and physical well-being? What support can help to better prepare them in the event of another future lockdown?

Please join us Wednesday, September 9, Singapore time, to discuss Caregiving in the time of COVID-19.

Caregiving in the Time of COVID-19: a part of the COVID-19 and Older People Webinar Series

Wednesday, September 9
8.00 - 9.30pm (GMT +8)

8:00pm Opening and Introduction
Ms. Janice Chia, Founder & Managing Director, Ageing Asia, Singapore

8:05pm Welcome Remarks
Dr. Mary Ann Tsao, Chairperson, Tsao Foundation, President, ILC - Singapore, Co-President, ILC Global Alliance

8:10pm Sharing: Caregiving in the Times of COVID-19
· Dr. Tan Weng Mooi, Chief, Caregiving and Community Mental Health Division, Agency for Integrated Care (AIC), Singapore
· Ms. Corinna Lim, Executive Director, AWARE, Singapore
· Ms. Wang Jing, Assistant Director - Hua Mei Counselling and Coaching, Tsao Foundation, Singapore
· Ms. Faiza Sanip, Caregiver, Singapore

8:45pm Q&A and Discussion

9:15pm Closing Comments
Dr. Mary Ann Tsao, Chairperson, Tsao Foundation, President, ILC - Singapore, Co-President, ILC Global Alliance

9:30pm End of Programme


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Dr Mary Ann Tsao

Mary Ann Tsao is the Chairperson and Founding Director of the Tsao Foundation, a Singapore- based - but regionally oriented - non-profit operational foundation dedicated to aged care and ageing issues. Previously, she was also its CEO and President. Tsao Foundation aims to address issues of population ageing, promote successful ageing and enhance well-being of older people at policy and practice levels by catalyzing constructive change. Dr. Tsao has also worked with numerous multilateral agencies, such as WHO Geneva office’s Ageing and Life Course unit, and has been a resource person and technical advisor to other UN agencies, such as UNESCAP (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for the Asia Pacific) and the ASEAN Secretariat. A member of a business family, Dr. Tsao is also involved with FBNA (Family Business Network Asia) as a Board Director as well as various family business and non-profit projects. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Dr. Tsao is a US trained physician with a public health background, specializing in community and primary care planning and social medicine. She has extensive experience working with disadvantaged communities in the US and Singapore.

Ms Janice Chia

Singaporean entrepreneur Janice Chia founded Ageing Asia with the mission to drive innovation in the way future generations age, by engaging the business community to create better products and services that will enable healthy ageing, independent ageing and dignified ageing. Janice has accumulated her vast experience from visiting over 400 residential and aged care homes from over 15 countries. Since 2009, she has been actively involved in consulting organisations seeking global best practices in housing, health and care models that can be translated for the Asian market. Janice is also quoted regularly in the media, such as the BBC, on Asia Pacific business trends in ageing. Influenced by the changing needs of her elderly relatives, and inspired by higher expectations in quality of life of the baby boomer generation, Janice firmly believes that social challenges of ageing can be transformed into economic opportunities for Asia. Her vision is to change the way we age in Asia Pacific, and move towards an ageing-at-home world where older adults age in better health, desire independence and aspire towards ageing with dignity.

Ms Wang Jing

Wang Jing has more than 25 years of experience in counselling, training and family life education. She has held various appointments in the helping profession including Family Service Centre and Counselling Centre. For the last 16 years, she has been involved in aged care, in the area of counseling and supervision focus on caregiving, mental health, family relationships and elderly issues. She is passionate about helping individuals to attain a better sense of well-being and inner peace by providing individual, family counseling and group work. And she is instrumental in setting up the training course on Specialist Diploma in Gerontological Counselling. She has been conducting training programmes in Singapore and in the region in the areas of psycho-emotional aspects of eldercare for professional, family caregivers and volunteers.

Ms Corinna Lim

As Executive Director of AWARE, Singapore’s leading gender equality group, Corinna has championed the rights of women for close to 30 years. She has advocated on issues such as gender-equal workplaces, gender violence, and greater support for single parents, older women and family caregivers. Prior to joining AWARE, Corinna practiced law and was a partner in Allen & Gledhill, Khattar Wong & Partners and Koh Ong & Partners. She also founded and was the CEO of Bizibody Technology, an IT company that provides solutions for the legal industry.

Ms Faiza Sanip

Formerly working as an Education Manager in an NGO in Singapore, Ms Faiza Sanip decided to resign five years ago to look after her son who is recovering from a long illness and to care for her elderly parents-in-law. Apart from her caregiving duties, Faiza continues to contribute to the society. She is currently freelancing as a Family Life Educator during the weekends.

Dr Weng Mooi Tan

Dr Tan Weng Mooi is a pharmacist by training with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and Executive MBA. She has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare sector. Presently, she is the Chief of the Caregiving and Community Mental Health Division in the Agency for Integrated Care. To enable “Integrated Community Living, Ageing in Place”, she leads the development of the caregiving and community mental health sector by building capacity and capability of the service providers, developing integrated network to enhance care coordination across the health and social care sectors to empower clients, caregivers and the community. Prior to that, she was the Chief Project Officer in the National Healthcare Group. She was Chief Operating Officer of the Institute of Mental Health from January 2006 to July 2010, and was the group COO of Econ Healthcare prior to that. From 2000 to 2005, she was Director of Operations at National University Hospital. She also spent 11 years in KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, first as Chief Pharmacist and then as Director, Clinical Support Services/Allied Health Services.

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