With an average life expectancy of 83 in 2015, Singapore has the third-highest life expectancy in the world. For healthcare providers, an ageing population is associated with many issues, among which are falls in older persons.
Research evidence suggests that falls in the elderly can be reduced by identifying fall risks early and intervening to improve postural balance. Falls can also be tackled by addressing contributory factors such as polypharmacy and poor vision, hazards in home environments, and improving the overall health status of the older adult.
In this one-day symposium conducted by SITLEARN Professional Development, join other healthcare professionals as they discuss the epidemiology of falls in older persons. Pertinent issues such as balance and mobility, polypharmacy, fear avoidance and falls efficacy will also be discussed.
Physiotherapists are also highly encouraged to attend a two-day practical workshop led by Prof Dale Avers on 4 and 5 March 2017.
|9:00am||Opening Remarks||Dr Ho Yew Kee, Professor and Associate Provost, SIT|
|9:15am||– Keynote –
Mobility, Balance and Falls: Where's the Evidence?
|Dr Dale Avers, Professor, Upstate Medical University|
|10:30am||Falls in Older Persons: The Burden of Injury in Different Settings||Dr Fong Ngan Phoon, Adjunct Associate Professor, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health|
|11:00am||Polypharmacy||Ms Selina Cheong, Senior Pharmacist, Tan Tock Seng Hospital|
|11:30am||Frailty: Definition, Identification and Medical Management||Dr Sitoh Yih Yiow, Senior Consultant, Age-Link Specialist Clinic for Older Persons|
|1:30pm||Nutritional Status in the Frail Older Person||Dr Lim Yen Peng, Head of Department and Senior Principal Dietitian, Tan Tock Seng Hospital|
|2:00pm||Rehabilitating Confidence and Function with Technology||Ms Teresa Wong, Director, POWERUP-Whiterock Medco Pte Ltd|
|2:30pm||Psychological Issues After the Fall||Dr Angela Papadimitriou, Assistant Professor, SIT|
|3:30pm||Vestibular Dysfunction as a Risk Factor|| Dr Wee Seng Kwee, Principal Physiotherapist, Tan Tock Seng Hospital; Assistant Professor, SIT
Dr Dawn Tan, Senior Principal Physiotherapist, Singapore General Hospital; Assistant Professor, SIT
|4:00pm||Environment as a Risk Factor||Prof Christine Brown-Wilson
Mr Tim Xu, Lecturer, SIT
|4:30pm||Promoting Wellness Among Older Persons in the Community||Ms Susan Niam, Chairperson, Allied Health Services & Pharmacy, Tan Tock Seng Hospital|
|5:00-5:15pm||Closing Remarks||Dr Wee Seng Kwee, Principal Physiotherapist, Tan Tock Seng Hospital; Assistant Professor, SIT|
|Venue||SIT@Dover, Academic Plaza, LT1A, Singapore|
|Time||08:30 AM to 05:30 PM|
|Date||03 Mar 2017 (Fri)|