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杨巧双:为人口老龄化准备·人民须注重老人护理


(吉隆坡16日讯)妇女及家庭发展部副部长杨巧双说,民众必须开始注重老人护理和养老服务,为大马社会人口老化问题作准备。

“本地民众大多会把钱花在孩子的教育费上,却很少会为晚年做打算,尤其现在的打工家庭,父母很多时候都会忽略这点。”

8.5%长者具患失智症风险

杨巧双今日在第21届阿兹海默症国际亚太区域大会开幕礼上致词时说,根据2018年老年护理全国健康和发病率调查显示,有8.5%的长者(60岁或以上)具患有失智症的风险,其中9%被亲友忽略。

“妇女部在今年1月获中央拨款500万令吉,作为额外增设47所乐龄人士活动中心(PAWE)的用途,目前我们在全马共有88所乐龄中心。”

她指出,希盟政府在这方面的最终目标是在每个国会选区至少有一所乐龄人士活动中心,即全国有222所中心。

她也说,国民团结局属下在全国有逾7000个睦邻计划(Rukun Tetangga)中心,每处都有为乐龄人士特设的“睦邻长者中心”,方便安置有相关需要的长者。

商场建长者中心不错选择

“我认为,在商场建设长者中心是个不错的选择,因为民众喜欢逛商场,可借机提高民众的相关护理意识。

“马来西亚阿兹海默症基金会在灵市Atria购物广场设立日托中心,可以作为其他非政府组织或相关团体的借鉴。”

第21届阿兹海默症国际亚太区域大会将于8月16至18日在吉隆坡帝苑酒店(Hotel Istana)举行,汇集了26名来自各国具有相关方面知识的学者,共同探讨如何改进失智症患者的生活。

据马来西亚阿兹海默症基金会(ADFM)资料,我国于2050年时将会有逾62万1000名失智症患者,亚太区域则有7100万名患者。

出席者包括大马阿兹海默症基金会顾问潘斯里张秀梅、基金会信托局主席拿督黄振兴、执委会主席拿督严启基、国际阿兹海默症协会(ADI)主席雷哲仁及亚太区域总监苏哈雅。
文章来源 : 星洲日报 2019-08-16



More Help For Those With Dementia

KUALA LUMPUR: The Rukun Tetangga, with some 7, 000 members as well as senior citizens associations, will be roped in to assist people with dementia as well as their families, says Hannah Yeoh.

The Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister said the two groups would be trained to be the hands and feet and to look out for people with dementia symptoms in the community.

“We have discussed the plan with representatives from the two groups last week. We hope to start the training as soon as possible, ” she said in a press conference after launching the Alzheimer’s Disease International 21st Asia Pacific Regional Conference yesterday.

The conference theme was Dementia: A life cycle approach II: Care, Educate and Prevent.

The Star is the media sponsor for the conference.

Yeoh pointed out that the elderly suffering from dementia might need some assistance as they could leave the house and not recall how to return home.

“When people do not understand the signs and call the police because there is screaming in the house, for instance, that can be avoided if they understand the signs of dementia and provide the support needed, ” she said.

Yeoh said that globally, dementia had been listed as a disability and in Malaysia, those with dementia could apply for an OKU card.

According to the National Health and Mobility Survey on the health of senior citizens in Malaysia last year, there were 8.5% or 3, 542 respondents who had dementia and 9% were either abused or neglected.

“The findings were tabled at the National Senior Citizen Advisory and Consultation Council in June. The numbers were alarming, ” she said in her speech.

The percentage of the population aged 60 and above in Malaysia is expected to be 9.8% next year and by 2030, it will be an ageing population when 15% of the population are aged 60 and above.

“In preparing Malaysia to be an ageing nation, it is important to create a caring community so that the ageing person will continue to have a productive, healthy and active lifestyle in their local neighbourhood and supported by family members, ” Yeoh said.

“The younger generation must be aware of their collective responsibility in caring for their parents and older family members, ” she added.

She said that shopping centres should allocate space for community centres where the old and the young could mingle.

Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation Malaysia patron Puan Sri Wendy Ong said the foundation was targeting community centres to create awareness on dementia.

Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) chairman Dr Glenn Rees urged people to go beyond the nihilistic view about dementia and work on the positives.

“There is a social movement across the world for dementia-friendly societies, ” he said.

He said dementia developed in the brain 20 years before it appeared and researchers were working to slow down the process.

“Dementia is a global issue and ADI is working with the World Health Organisation to get dementia on the world map as a priority health issue, ” he said.

Rees said there were 50 million people living with dementia worldwide and in low-income countries, more than 90% of families bore the cost of caring for them.

He also added that those suffering from dementia tend to lose their relatives and friends due to stigma.

“Dementia is a stigma because of ignorance, ” he said, adding that it was important to support people with dementia as well as caregivers to do their jobs.

Original Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/08/17/more-help-for-those-with-dementia#x1dmHMMQHuPBTKFE.99

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