The first ASEAN Conference on Healthy Ageing (ACHA) is set to take place on 10 to 12 October 2017 in Sarawak, aimed to help address the issues and challenges of rapidly ageing populations in the region. With the theme ‘Ageing – Challenges, Successes and the Journey Ahead’, the conference is organised by the Malaysian Healthy Ageing Society (MHAS), in collaboration with the Sarawak Convention Bureau.
During the three-day conference, there will be plenaries, workshops, forums and symposia included in its scientific programme, with participants comprising clinicians from various disciplines, allied health professionals, legal fraternities, financial institutions, insurers, pharmaceutical companies, policy makers and housing developers.
According to the Live Long and Prosper: Ageing in East Asia and Pacific report, populations in Asia are ageing faster than any other region, and that between 2015 and 2034, the older population will grow by about 22% every five years in East Asia.
“The ASEAN Conference on Healthy Ageing will be an ideal platform for stakeholders in the region to gather and discuss these issues and challenges so that the right preparations, policies and framework can be put in place in advance to help prepare their nations for the impact of ageing populations,” says Professor Nathan Vytialingam, Organising Chairman of the ASEAN Conference on Healthy Ageing and Advisor of MHAS.
The conference boasts an extensive scientific programme that will include lectures, symposia and forums covering age-related illnesses, stress management, addictions and substance abuse, sustainability of retirement and financial health, mental health, adolescent mental health, nutrition, the benefits of exercise and ethico-legal issues at end of life.
On the last day of the conference, a consensus will be drawn up on the issues and challenges of ageing faced by the region and a report will be forwarded to the respective ministries, ensuring that all the solutions discussed will be acted upon.