Future of Active Ageing Seminar Speakers


Dr Tim Henwood, PhD, Group Manager, Connected Living - Community Wellness & Lifestyle, Southern Cross Care (SA & NT) Inc, Australia


Dr Henwood is a special population exercise physiologist with 20 years research and practice experience. His work emphasises that you are never too old or unwell to benefit from exercise, and that progressive resistance and balance training are a superior health and wellness model of care for adults with disabilities in the community or nursing home setting. He is the lead research on the Australian Government supported Active@Home program and the Muscling Up Against Disability program, which have brought home and clinic based exercise solution, respectively, to adults with aged care needs. In his current role with Southern Cross Care SA & NT, he is challenging current practice through evidence translation to inform an enhanced wellness model of care.

Ms Lena Karjaluoto, Executive Vice President, HUR, Finland

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HUR has more than 10 000 installations in rehab clinics and senior- and nursing homes all over the world. Developed as the result of a research project at the University of Technology, Helsinki in 1989, the company has maintained close ties with the research community ever since. The latest findings are incorporated into both products and software - to be able to offer the best solutions possible for preventive, rehabilitative and maintaining training. Ms. Karjaluoto has been actively part of the research team at WELMED LABs, Health Science Unit, Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius, Finland.

Dr Emily Ho, Psychiatrist, Mind Care Clinic, Farrer Park Hospital, Singapore

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Dr Emily Ho practises in Mind Care Clinic at Farrer Park Hospital, where she delivers care in a setting designed for comfort and privacy. She believes that every patient’s journey through the clinic and hospital should be a reassuring and satisfactory experience. Dr Emily Ho is trained in a wide range of psychiatric subspecialties and is experienced in treating a wide variety of conditions in youth, adults and the elderly. These include mood disorders, anxiety and stress-related disorders, medical psychiatry and women’s health. Dr Emily Ho’s main area of interest and specialty is in treating dementia and mood disorders in the elderly. She also believes in good planning for graceful ageing which include doing up the Lasting Power of Attorney.

Professor Michael Chee, Director of Duke-NUS Medical School's Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, Singapore

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Prof. Michael Chee is Director of the Centre For Cognitive Neuroscience Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore. He is a pioneering clinician scientist in Singapore and has made significant scientific contributions in our understanding of how sleep deprivation affects human cognitive performance. He also studies the trajectory of age-related change in cognitive performance, brain structure, function and connectivity in healthy aging. He serves on the editorial boards of Sleep, NeuroImage and Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences and is active in communicating scientific findings to lay persons.

Dr Tuire Karaharju-Huisman, PhD, Business Consultant, Area Account manager, HUR Australia

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Tuire Karaharju-Huisman graduated as a physiotherapist in Finland. After two years of clinical work in private practice she moved to Sweden to pursue her research ambition and conduct Biomechanical research at Karolinska Hospital investigating walking and balance in children with neurological defects. After moving to Melbourne her research focus changed to falls prevention in older people with her doctoral dissertation focusing on the risk of slipping during level walking. In Australia Tuire also gained her accreditation as an Exercise Physiologist. After 11 years as an academic lecturer of biomechanics and exercise physiology, Tuire joined HUR Australia in 2015. With her experience of clinical rehabilitation, Tuire brings expertise to the design and implementation of best practice exercise solutions in rehabilitation and active ageing.

Ms Janice Chia, Founder, ASPIRE55 Pte Ltd, Founder & Managing Director, Ageing Asia Pte Ltd, Singapore

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Janice founded Ageing Asia – Asia’s first ageing market consultancy social enterprise, with the mission to drive innovation in the way future generations age, by engaging the business community to create better products and services that will enable healthy ageing, independent ageing and dignified ageing. Janice has accumulated her vast experience from visiting over 300 residential and aged care homes from over 15 countries. Since 2009, she has been actively involved in consulting organisations seeking global best practices in housing, health and care models that can be translated for the Asian market. Janice is also quoted regularly in the media, such as the BBC, on Asia Pacific business trends in ageing. Janice has also launched several industry innovations, including, ASPIRE55 Singapore – Asia’s first virtual retirement village, a wellbeing community that offers a combination of social, health and care services, but enables members to continue living in their existing homes.

Dr Kanwaljit Soin, Author, Orthopedic Surgeon and Former Nominated Member of Parliament, Singapore

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Dr Kanwaljit Soin is the author of Silver Shades of Grey: Memos for Successful Ageing in the 21st Century (World Scientific). This book deals with a plethora of subjects, such as health, happiness, loneliness, dementia, sex, gender, marriage, abuse, respect, wage, wealth, class, and care, the book touches on how ageing affects us as individuals and as a society. Dr Soin is a practising medical specialist and was Singapore's first female Nominated Member of Parliament. She is a founder of many civil society organisations including WINGS (Women's Initiative for Ageing Successfully) and AWARE (Association of Women for Action and Research). She was a global ambassador of UK-based HelpAge International which serves disadvantaged older people worldwide. She has served as a board member of Washington University International Advisory Council for Asia. She has also been a jury member for the Rolex Awards for Enterprise. In 2000, she was presented the "Women Who Make a Difference Award" by the International Women's Forum, Washington DC In 2006, Dr Soin was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (Unifem) Singapore for her selfless contribution to society, especially towards the less advantaged. She was named Singapore's "Her World Woman of the Year" in 1992, and in 2014 she was inducted to the Singapore Women's Hall of Fame.

Mr Alan Yip, Founder & Performance Coach, MIND EDGE, Singapore

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Alan Yip, Founder of Mind Edge and life coach extraordinaire, is dedicated to empowering others to unlock the secrets to peak performance and to realise their highest potential for success and fulfilment in school, work, and life. A two-time Record Holder (Memory Power) in the Singapore Book of Records, Alan put Singapore on the world map when he personally trained the novice Singapore team that competed in the 2004 World Memory Championship in U.K. Alan has over 30 years of diverse experiences as an entrepreneur, consultant, university counsellor, adjunct faculty member, human rights commissioner (USA), educational and enrichment programme creator, trainer and peak performance coach. He has been the voice behind the longest-running radio talk show breakthrough with Alan Yip on FM938LIVE (Mediacorp Singapore), touching the lives of more than 500,000 listeners weekly with 300 talks over a span of eight years. Together with his signature programmes - FUNtastic® Parenting workshops, High Performance Academy, and SCORE Programmes – Alan has been training tens of thousands of parents and children to build achieving and happy families, teachers to re-ignite their spirit to serve and transform, and business leaders to break through.

Dr R Nandakumar, MRCP(UK) FRCP(Ed) FRCP(Lond), Senior Interventional Cardiologist, Cardiac Centre International, Gleneagles Hospital & SMG Medical Specialists Centre, Mt.Elizabeth Hospital Novena


Dr Nandakumar is one of the few cardiologists in Singapore who has worked as a consultant interventional cardiologist in a substantive position in the UK. He has double accreditation in cardiology and internal medicine by the Joint Committee for Higher Medical Training of the Royal College of Physicians, UK. In the UK, Dr Nandakumar was a consultant cardiologist in Croydon University Hospital, London before taking up a substantive consultant post in the North Staffordshire and Goole NHS Trust. In Singapore, he is a Senior Consultant Cardiologist at Mount Elizabeth Hospital and Mount Alvernia Hospital specialising in Interventional Cardiology He is currently a Visiting Senior Consultant at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and National University Hospital. He is also a member of the Ministry of Health, Health Technology Advisory subcommittee for Devices, and a senior clinical lecturer at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. Dr Nandakumar was part of the pioneer batch of cardiologists at the Ng Teng Fong General Hospital. As acting Director for the interventional cardiac laboratory and lead for cardiac rehabilitation services, he was instrumental in helping set up many of the hospital’s cardiac services especially in interventional cardiology. Dr Nandakumar has special interests in interventional cardiology (radial access), intra-vascular imaging, bio-absorbable stents, CT coronary imaging and cardiac rehabilitation.

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