Caregivers get tips at expo on geriatric care

Goldenage Welfare Association Malaysia president Datuk Sri Mohamed Khalil Bin Haji Hussein (in white) having his blood pressure check at one of the free health screenings while (from left) SCA Hygiene Marketing senior marketing manager Suzanne Loo, NV Alliance central marketing support deputy general manager Adrian Thean and Thirty Eight Craftworks Senior Health and Wellness Expo organiser KC Teo look upon at the launch of the inaugural Senior Expo at Viva Home Expo Hall.

THERE was a lot of knowledge to be gained at the first Senior Health and Wellness Expo (Senior Expo) at Viva Home Expo Hall.

The three-day event from Oct 10 to 12 served as a one-stop platform for geriatric care and provided seniors and caregivers with guidance and resources from the industry’s professionals.

“In Malaysia, life expectancy has increased from 55.8 years for men and 58.2 years for women in 1957 to 72.6 years and 77.2 years respectively in 2013.

“The older population in 2010 is approximately 2.076 million or 4.8% and in another six years, it is estimated to increase in 3.2 million or 9.8%.

“With the expanding population of senior citizens, there is a need to look after their welfare especially their health,” said Golden Age Welfare Association Malaysia president Datuk Seri Mohamed Khalil Hussein at the launch.

He congratulated Thirty Eight Craftworks for organising the event, aimed at improving the health and quality of life of senior citizens.

Apart from offering affordable senior healthcare products, exhibitors also provided free health screening such as blood pressure check, hearing aid consultation and adult diaper application, among others.

“With the right support and information, you can understand incontinence better and help improve the quality of life of your loved ones,” pointed out SCA Hygiene Marketing senior marketing manager Suzanne Loo.

The expo also had talks on health related topics throughout the three days to create awareness on issues faced by senior citizens.

Also participating at the expo were the National Blood Bank and National Transplant Resources Centre.

Incontinence care brand product TENA was the main sponsor of the Senior Expo, with bereavement care company Nirvana as co-sponsor.

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