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Panel Discussion - COVID-19 & Older People: Safety vs Sanity, the Impact of Staying at Home

A talk by Dr Mary Ann Tsao, Madam Ratnam Periosamy, Mr Don Tan, Dr Ng Wai Chong and Ms Janice Chia
Hua Mei EPICC (Elder-Centred Programme for Integrated Comprehensive Care), Tsao Foundation, NWC Longevity Practice and Ageing Asia Pte Ltd

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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 part 2/3 of the webinar, Safety vs Sanity: The Impact of the Staying at Home' will look at how older people are affected by the prolonged period of movement restriction through the circuit breaker and the various stages of COVID-19 response to-date.

Because of their higher risk of severe infection and death from COVID-19 for older people, policy makers, the community, families members and even the older people themselves - have been extra careful about keeping older people at home with the intention of keeping them out of the pandemic's harmful impact.

Even as COVID-19 is coming under control, and our lifestyle seems to resume some form of normalcy, families continue to urge their older parents and elderly relatives to stay at home; many older people are also fearful of going out.

Join us for this complimentary session to look at:

• How older people fared during circuit breaker when they had to stay at home and are curtailed of access to social activities, and contact with family and friends?

• How are older people doing now in the aftermath, and what happens if they continue to restrict their movements and stay at home?

• How can older people and their families balance the risk of safety while maintaining well-being in determining what activities outside of the home are appropriate, and what safety measures should be taken?

• What new interventions may be useful to support their mental and physical well-being even if they are to stay home more?

• What support could be utilised to better prepare them in the event of another future lockdown?

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COVID-19 & Older People: Safety vs Sanity, the Impact of Staying at Home

Wednesday, September 30
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 Live Chat with Dr Mary Ann Tsao: Perspectives from our Older Adult
· Mdm Ratnam Periosamy, Retired Teacher, Singapore

8:25pm Sharing Session: Safety vs Sanity, the Impact of Staying at Home
· Dr. Ng Wai Chong, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, NWC Longevity Practice, Singapore
· Mr. Don Tan, Senior Social Worker, Hua Mei EPICC (Elder-Centred program for Integrated and Comprehensive Care), Tsao Foundation

8:45pm Q&A and Interactive Discussion With Panellists & Audience
Moderated by Dr. Mary Ann Tsao, Chairperson, Tsao Foundation, President, ILC - Singapore, Co-President, ILC Global Alliance

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.

Mr Don Tan

Don considers himself privileged to have the opportunities to serve and care in the eldercare sector for past 19 years. Don is a senior social worker currently with Tsao Foundation’s Hua Mei EPICC - a centre for frail elders - he sweats it out with a small team of 10 to support frail elders to age in the community. He is just so inspired and grateful that he has so many good colleagues and people that he may lean on all these years to get through challenging times in his care journey.

Dr Ng Wai Chong

Dr Ng is Founder and CEO of NWC Longevity Practice Pte Ltd, a social enterprise start-up that provides consultancy and clinical services as it builds a self- and mutual-care community. Currently, he consults and trains extensively on long term care system development, health management system both locally and overseas. He is an aged-care family physician since the late 90's, spending the larger part of his working life as a home-care physician. His clinical interests include primary health care for the frail, elder mistreatment, dementia care, sustainable community aged care system, end-of-life care, and comprehensive needs assessment. Dr Ng Wai Chong was the former Chief, Clinical Affairs of Tsao Foundation, and is still holding a part-time position as a Clinical Programme Director as well as Research Fellow, International Longevity Centre, Singapore. Dr Ng is also Associate Fellow, InterRAL.

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.

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