"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.