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22 Sep 2018

 Ageing, Well-Being And Technology

​​Date :​ ​​22 September 2018 (Saturday)
Time :​ ​10.00am - 1.00pm
Venue ​: ​NLB, Level 5, Imagination and Possibility Room
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Panelist & Talks

​​Panelist 1: Professor Kalyani Mehta​
Title of Talk: The Ageing Journey: Riding It Well​
​"What is the secret of ageing well? Growing older is natural, and an important phase of our lives. The talk will address the challenges of later life, with a positive emphasis on how The knowledge of Gerontology, can assist a person to ride out the last part of life's journey in A fulfilling way. The physical, emotional, social and spiritual preparation will be discussed."​
Professor Kalyani Mehta is Head of the Graduate Gerontology Programme at the Singapore University of Social Sciences.

She has a PhD in Social Work from the National University of Singapore. Dr Mehta's edited books "Social Work in Context: A Reader" (2004) and "Social Work in the Singapore Context" (2011) have been adopted as textbooks in Singapore.

Although most of her research is conducted in Singapore, she has extensive knowledge of the Asia Pacific region. Her passion for older people has led her to specialise in gerontological social work. She was consultant for ESCAP, United Nations and the Asia Development Research Forum and contributed several reports and presentations. Her numerous publications include many books for example "Understanding and Counselling Older Persons", "Ageing in Singapore: Service Needs and the State", six edited books such as "Experiencing Grandparenthood: An Asian Perspective", "The Indian Diaspora: Voices of the Diasporic Elders in Five Countries" and more than 45 papers in international journals on social gerontology and social work. Professor Mehta was Nominated Member of Singapore Parliament (NMP) (2007-2009) and during her term she spoke on ageing policies and services as well as the social work profession. Her research interests are older workers, grandparenthood, family caregiving, and social policies related to retirement, spirituality and ageing, and integrated health care planning for an ageing population.

In her voluntary capacity she serves as Justice of the Peace (2013 – 2023). She is currently Vice President of the Management Board of Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association (SANA), and Council member of the Gerontological Society of Singapore. She has been President of the Singapore Association of Social Workers (2009- 2011) and is a Registered Social Worker. In the region she is advisor to the Asia Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong. Dr Mehta contributes on the editorial boards of Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity of Social Work, and European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology.​ 
​​​Panelist 2: Associate Professor Calvin Chan
Title of Talk: Senior Citizens Adoption of ICT
​Two global trends can be observed in many societies around the world. One is rapid population ageing, and the other is widespread digitalization. If well-managed, technology can enable the realisation of ideals such as 'active ageing' and 'ageing-in-place', helping senior citizens to remain independent for longer and to live more fulfilled lives. On the contrary, if mismanaged, technology can create a 'silver digital divide' where senior citizens live as digital aliens in their own highly digitalized societies. Calvin's talk will examine the issues that affect senior citizens' adoption of ICT, with the hope that such understanding can help to bring about benevolent outcomes for seniors even as the two global trends coalesce.

Associate Professor Calvin Chan is the Director in the Office of Graduate Studies at the Singapore University of Social Sciences. He is also a Board Member of the Council for Third Age, the Chairman of the IT for Ageing Technical Committee of the IT Standards Committee, and also a member in the Silver Infocomm Curriculum Taskforce of the Infocomm Media Development Authority. He is also an Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Intercultural Information Management. He was the Convenor of the Working Group that developed the Singapore Standard (SS618): Guidelines on User Interface Design for Older Adults, and received the SPRING Singapore Merit Award in recognition of his contribution towards Quality and Standards in Singapore. He received his PhD in Information Systems from the National University of Singapore, BSc (Hon) Computer & Management Science from the University of Warwick in the UK, and Diploma in Electronics, Computer and Communications Engineering from the Singapore Polytechnic. His areas of research and teaching interest include Technology and Ageing, Technology Innovation and Management (i.e. Digitalization), and e-Government.
​Panelist 3: Mr Eric Koh
Title of Talk: Unintended Consequences of Technology for​ Ageing
​It is undeniable that technology has an important part to play in our ageing society (or society in general). The boon side provides the ageing population with new assistive devices and renewed interactions. Its (sometimes) disruptive nature paves way for innovations and new opportunities. Nevertheless, the convenience of these technologies that purported to provide relief and support for the ageing population, could also invite unintended consequences that go against the efficacy of the intended purpose. Hence we need to understand and anticipate human behaviour patterns to better use technology for its intended purpose lest it ends up vilifying its noble intentions.

He is the founder and head of the Centre for Applied Gerontology (CAG), School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Temasek Polytechnic. CAG collaborates with the industry and organisations to look into the issues and challenges of our ageing population to find interventions and solutions to enable older adults to age successfully in our society. To date, CAG has developed an evidence-based cognitive training mobile application in collaboration with Professor Ryuta Kawashima from Tohoku University, Japan. CAG's projects include better wayfinding, ageing-in-place and dementia care for the ageing population. Some of our collaborating partners are LTA, KTPH, St Luke Elder Care, NUS-Duke, NTUC and APC. Eric has backgrounds in Industrial Design, Human Factors Engineering and Gerontology, and a practitioner of design thinking and user research.
​Panelist 4: Mr Keith Lee
Title of Talk: Ageing & Well Being​
​How would you like to live, age gracefully and achieving a state of well-being.
Scientific evidence highlighted 5 steps that we can take to improve our well-being & age gracefully. If you offer to give a try, you may feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from your life.

Mr Keith Lee joined AWWA as Director for AWWA Health & Senior Care and is responsible for the overall management and operations of:
  • Residential Care​ - AWWA Senior Community Home (SCH)
  • Centre Based Care - Senior Activity Centre (SAC), Rehabilitation and Day Care Centre (RDC), Dementia Day Care Centre (DDCC), Centre Based Nursing (CBN)
  • Home Care - Personal Care Services (PCS) for Seniors
  • Home & Day Care (for high care needs) - Integrated Home & Day Care Service (IHDC)
  • Public Health & Advocacy - Integrated Resource Network (IRENE)
Keith has with him, over 18 years of operation and management experience in the Healthcare & Medical Industry. Prior to joining AWWA, Keith was the CEO in Community Hospital and before that he was the Executive Director in Nursing Home.

Keith holds a Master in Business Administration from Victoria University and a Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing) from University of Sydney.
​Moderator: Dr Carol Ma
​Dr Carol Ma has been both a practitioner in social services for elderly and an academic in social gerontology and Service-Learning (SL). As the pioneer for setting up the office of Service-Learning and the elder academy in Hong Kong in 2006, Carol Ma is now known among Service-Learning and elderly service sectors as an active​​ and passionate expert in promoting Service-Learning in Aging. She has led various aging and Service-Learning projects, namely, elder learning development project, age-friendly cities project (accredited by WHO) and elderly service programme plan consultation for the Hong Kong SAR government, etc. She was also appointed as Associate Director in Service-Learning and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology and Sociology at Lingnan University in Hong Kong in 2011. Carol had her first degree at Lingnan and then studied at the University of California (Los Angeles), as well as a visiting scholar at the National Primary Health Care Centre, University of Manchester, UK with a paid fellowship and an internship respectively. She was appointed as a member of Active Aging Committee under the Elderly Commission in Hong Kong from 2008 to 2016. Currently, she is also the board of the Directors for both International Center for Service-Learning in Teachers Education and the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. As a young, energetic, and committed scholar, she has also published various books and articles about Service-Learning and in the aging field, expert papers in UNESCAP publication and referee journals including International Journal of Community Research and Engagement; Asian Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics; and New Horizons in Education. For more details, you can visit her research gate at

She is current working at Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) as Senior Lecturer (Gerontology) and Senior Fellow (Service-Learning).