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 KINO AGED CARE 
KINO EVENT AUCTION FOR A CAUSE
BY DR. LAWRENCE LEE

THE CAUSE:

In May, 2015, KINO Events had organised a Gala called "The Royal Dinner: FIne Dining with a Difference, FIne Dining for a Difference".

The Cause of the auction is to sponsor 5 young adults from a less fortunate background for apprenticeships in the 5 domains of Aged Care – Alzheimer's, Physiotherapy,  Parkinson's, Caregiving and Audiology.

 THE AUCTION:

Interested parties can contact
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ARTIST

Raphael Scott Ahbeng is one of the most established Borneo artists. His paintings have been held in the permanent collections of public institutions and private collectors in Malaysia and the surrounding region.

“Limestone mountains”.

A place called Bidi in Bau.4 x 4 ft Acrylic.

From RM30,000.

 

 

 ARTIST

Michael Lim is most renowned for his batik paintings. His works have been exhibited in Malaysia, Singapore, the Phillipines, Australia, Japan, India, France, Switzerland, England, and the United States.

“Searching”

The wild cat in the forest searching for food...

Batik painting with natural dye made with plants from our forest. Mountedon a cotton scroll.

From RM10,000.

 

THE FALL

THE FALL is one of a series of articles by doctors and specialists who serve the different domains of Aged Care. Specialists from five domains are Alzheimer's, Physiotherapy, Audiology, Parkinson's, and Aged Care are collaborating with KINO to put five young adults from a less fortunate background through a year of apprenticeship with the specific domain.

Dr Lawrence Lee – Geriatrics

As Malaysia like the rest of Asia is heading towards an ageing society, the geriatric giants of immobility and instability causing falls will become a significant public health threat both to the individual as well as the society. The incidence of falls increases dramatically with age and is one of the leading causes of injury-related visits to emergency departments. Observation studies have shown both in Malaysia and Singapore that about 25% of elderly people over 65 years of age fall each year and those fallers are harbinger of future falls.

Falls can be a marker of poor health and declining function, and are often associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Despite the high prevalence of falls in elderly, there is a huge lack of awareness, even among healthcare professionals. Those caring for these elderly often presume that falls are a part of the normal ageing process. But the elderly who fall themselves are worried about being admitted to hospital, and after a fall become worried about standing up from chairs or beds, losing self-confidence and leading to a poor quality of life, which subsequently becomes a vicious cycle eventually rendering them bedridden.

In elders, a fall may be a non-specific presenting sign of many acute illnesses, such as chest or urine infection, salt loss, heart attack or it may be the sign of acute exacerbation of chronic illnesses. Common diseases in the elderly like stroke, Parkinson’s disease and dementia are also risk factors for falls. Therefore causes of falls are usually multi-factorial and warrant multi-faceted approaches with the help of multi-disciplinary team members comprising Elderly Medicine Specialists, Geriatric Nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Pharmacists. A combination of interventions led by the healthcare members above can significantly reduce falls among older adults, including:

1) Engaging in a physical activity programme with balance, strength training and flexibility components

2) Consulting with a Geriatrician about fall risk assessment

3) Reviewing medications periodically. Often in Malaysia, patients like to do doctor shopping, seeing different specialties, subsequently piling up tons and tons of medications. The interactions among those medications sometimes pose a threat to patients’ wellbeing especially causing low blood pressure etc.

4) Getting vision and hearing checks annually

5) Making sure the home environment is safe and supportive to elders. If the bedroom is upstairs, consider converting the room downstairs to the elderly's bedroom or installing a stairlift. Secure scatter rugs in place or remove them, install grip bars in showers and toilet etc to reduce the likelihood of falls.

Therefore, it is of paramount importance to raise public awareness on the prevention of falls and its serious consequences with the help of the trained young adults organised by KINO.

 

Mr Mok Yong Yaw – Audiology

As the population of Sarawak ages, more and more elderly people are presenting with hearing impairment. The effects are physical, psychological and social. Unable to engage in meaningful conversation, the psychological impact can be considerable, leaving them isolated and at increased risk of dementia. This is why there is such a great need to raise awareness and to provide a solution. This kind of care provision is challenging and so it calls for young people with passion and patience. But ultimately, it will reward them with a great deal of satisfaction, helping the elderly to have a better quality of life.

Dr Law Wan Chung – Parkinson’s

Neurology care in Sarawak is only available in Kuching so admissions are high and there is a shortage of care. Parkinson’s is very common and the effect is enormous.  Patients lose the ability to look after themselves physically and thereafter the psychological impact is progressive – from embarrassment right up to hallucinations – and family members can also be affected as symptoms worsen. These carers can intervene here, either with medical care or simply with reassurance. With their knowledge, they can provide support for patient and family as they teach them how to walk, how to overcome the tremors and how to exercise. While it may not be difficult, it will require a degree of passion. After all, it is not easy caring for a stranger.

Dr OngTiongKiam – Cardiology

Traditionally, care has been under the family but now, as nuclear families take over from extended and as families are increasingly scattered all over the world, geriatric care is changing. It used to be natural for younger people to look after their parents but that seems to be changing and so we need to start re-educating young people from school level.  Here in Sarawak, care provision is still limited because resources are limited, even from the Ministry of Health.  Now, more residential units specifically for the elderly are being constructed but affordability is still an issue. So, more nursing homes are needed, especially with community funding or government assistance.  This training program will hopefully provide a core group who can pass on the knowledge to others.  For many of them, it will prove to be just an occupation, but for some there will be a huge amount of satisfaction.

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