Some people may live in denial but the fact is that we are all ageing at different paces everyday.

Since Malaysia will reach ageing nation status in 2030 when 15% of its population will be 60 years or older, why not prepare yourself by learning how to deal with some of the issues that might crop up?

The 9th Malaysian Conference on Healthy Ageing (9th MCHA) is set to take place at the PAUM Clubhouse, Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, from July 24-26 and will feature a plethora of talks and workshops.

Organised by Malaysian Healthy Ageing Society (MHAS), the biennial conference is aimed at promoting healthy ageing by educating healthcare professionals and the public on ageing-related issues.

“The state of a person’s physical (body), mental (mind) and emotional (spiritual) health are what determines a person’s overall health and well-being,” says MHAS president Dr Wong Teck Wee.

“But there are many areas that contribute to overall health and well-being such as a person’s relationship with others, ability to manage stress, financial health, living environment and other areas in a person’s daily life. Our conference programme covers a wide scope of topics – key areas that have an impact on ageing.

“While many healthcare and allied health professionals will be attending the conference, the programme will also be of interest to the insurance, finance and housing sectors as well as caregivers of older persons, care providers, government, municipal authorities and many other stakeholders.”

Among the highlights at the three-day conference are plenary sessions on What About Transition Adaptation and Well Being – The Live Experience by the Older Person by Kim Walder, Cancer: Prevention Is Better than Cure by Assoc Prof Ravindran Kanesvaran, Lessons Learnt: What Would You Do Differently If You Were Given A Second Chance by Dr Tan Seng Giaw, Interventions To Reduce Sarcopenia by Dr IGP Suka Aryana, Medicinal Plants In Strategy For Disease Prevention by Gerard Bodeker and Does An Older Person Need Vaccination by Prof Dr Tan Maw Pin.

The programme will also include special lectures on Cancer In Older Persons, Nutraceutical Modulation Of The Ageing Process And Age-Related Diseases, Isolation Of The Baby Boomers In Japan, Clinical Application Of Yoga In Oncology And Palliative Care, The Many Faces of Dementia, Silent Mentor, Blue Zones, The Role Of Positive Psychology In Ageing, The Ketogenic Diet, Gut and Microbiome, Helicobacter Pylori: All You Need To Know and a session on Intermittent Fasting.

To view the full programme or to register for the conference, visit www.healthyageing.org