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Elderly Mental Health ('Mental Health' column of "Metro Hong Kong” Newspaper)

Submitted on Apr 15, 2015 • By admin
Health of elderly and retirees has always been the focus of the general public. The more intangible facet of emotional health plays an equally important role. Common conditions such as depression, anxiety and dementia run the risk of being overlooked due to lack of awareness. This can lead to the rise of “hidden cases”. Mental health is not merely the absence of mental conditions. Emotional stability, passion in life, and social life are vital to achieving holistic mental health. The key to maintaining healthy main includes maintaining social life, contribution to the society, financial independent to sustain a retired lifestyle as well as having a positive outlook. To the elderly, their old ways matter. Drastic changes to routines can have negative impacts mentally. Nothing is better than living in an environment that provides them with a sense of safety and familiarity. Interruptions to routines such as going in and out of hospitals or elderly homes should be kept to a minimum....
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Palliative Care for Elderly in Chinese Culture Society

Submitted on Mar 05, 2015 • By admin
Palliative care is a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach that includes specialised medical care for people with serious illnesses. It focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment. A World Health Organisation statement[9] describes palliative care as "an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosoc...
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ACTIVE GLOBAL SHANGHAI ARTICLE IN SHANGHAI SENIOR CITIZEN POST

Submitted on Feb 17, 2015 • By admin
‘4 Key Points To Take Care Of The Elderly People Who Have A Fracture’  
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TBWA First for Long-term Care Family Benefits

Submitted on Dec 23, 2014 • By admin
Advertising agency TBWA\ Singapore has become a first mover in offering long-term care family benefits to all employees. Part of the top-ten-ranked global advertising network, TBWA Worldwide, TBWA\Singapore will absorb the full cost of setting up specialised live-in caregiving services, as an integrated part of employment benefits, with the aim of easing employees’ financial burden and mental stress. Currently a fee of $1,800 is required to engage a professional caregiver including work permit, insurance, settling in programme, medical check up and a monitoring tablet that comes loaded with a caregiving plan. In a partnership with Active Global Specialised Caregivers, an agency providing professional in-home care services at affordable rates in Singapore, the TBWA\Singapore benefit extends to family members with long term and complex needs such as stroke, dementia, cancer and bed/wheelchair-bound patients. The caregivers are equipped with specialised skills and are carefull...
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Shortage of Elderly-Care Home Average Wait was Seven Months

Submitted on Dec 12, 2014 • By admin
Shortage of Elderly-Care Home Average Wait was Seven Months With rapid aging of population, shortage of elderly-care homes has shot up in the past four years. According to report by the Audit Commission last month, 5700 people died last year while waiting to enter residential care homes. Average wait was seven months to those with no preference. The government has spent over HK$4.38billion on elderly welfare last year. Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said “it’s difficult for us to set a rigid timeframe on the waiting list for elderly-care homes.” (For more information, please refer to “South China Morning Post”) (Source: http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1658099/matthew-cheung-its-difficult-say-how-long-elderly-must-wait-aged-care)  
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Active Global at the 11th World Congress on Long Term Care in Chinese Communities

Submitted on Dec 02, 2014 • By admin
Mr Vincent XU, Managing Director of Active Global Specialised Caregivers in China, presented a case study of how a stroke patient successfully recovered, after 6 months of home care delivered by Active Global's Caregivers.
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A Lack of Awareness for Dementia Care Options a Cause for Concern as Singaporeans Age

Submitted on Sep 17, 2014 • By admin
More than 60 percent of respondents in a recent survey conducted by Active Global Specialised Caregivers, said that they do not know where to look for help if someone in their family or friends was diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.   It is very significant that over 70 percent of the respondents indicated that their first sources for help will be hospitals / polyclinics and specialist doctors with another 20 percent indicating that they will turn to the Internet to look for helpful resources. With the respondents focusing on diagnosis-related help, the survey highlighted that there is a general lack of awareness for care and respite options as patients and family members have to live with the symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s for 4 to 8 years on average.   “With a rapidly ageing society in Singapore, the number of people above the age of 65 who are diagnosed with dementia is expected to hit 53,000 by 2020 and that number is poised to hit 187,000 by 2...
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200 hours of Active Global's Caregiver Training featured on Duke-NUS' "Gateway to Learning"

Submitted on Sep 05, 2014 • By admin
The Active Global Specialised Caregiver team of senior nurses developed 200 hours of training for our Specialised Caregivers. We soon realised that these Caregiver trainings can also be very useful to family caregivers, and when Duke-NUS suggested to host theses trainings on their e-learning gateway, we thought it was a great idea. You can access all the trainings for free at https://www.duke-nus.org/ (no need to register, you can just click on "VISITOR ENTER HERE") You will be able to access training modules for specific common conditions such as "Caregiving for Dementia", "Caregiving for Stroke patients", as well as the basic training modules around Activities of Daily Living (Mobility, Hygiene, Nutrition, etc). Specific modules on dealing with various emergencies and preventing falls are also available. nb- These training modules are in flash, and are best viewed on Desktops and Android tablets (not compatible with Ipad).
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Start of our operations in Hong Kong

Submitted on Sep 05, 2014 • By admin
After our succesful opening in Shanghai in October 2013, we are proud to announce the start of our Hong Kong operations as of August 2014. Active Global Specialised Caregivers will provide the fast growing elderly population of Hong Kong with much needed Professional AND Affordable home care services To learn more, go to www.activeglobalcaregiver.hk.
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Active Global at France-China Health Forum in Beijing

Submitted on Aug 18, 2014 • By admin
Due to the French roots of our founder, we were invited to take part in the France-China Health Forum in Beijing. We are also taking part this afternoon to a round table on 'healthy ageing'. Several senior officials visited our booth.
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