Modern Aging Symposium
ACCESS Health Singapore and NUS Enterprise held the second Modern Aging Symposium on 15 April 2017. The event, which was supported by SingHealth, brought together entrepreneurs, investors, corporations, students, academics, and policymakers to provide insights on the latest challenges and opportunities in the aging landscape of Asia.
The symposium theme echoed the wider Modern Aging theme for 2017: Aging Unlimited. This theme draws attention to the unlimited opportunities that an aging Asia offers, with an elderly population that is healthier, savvier, and more energetic than ever before. The program kicked off with Dr Chow Mun Hong the Director of Innovation and Quality Management at SingHealth with his talk entitled “Better and Safer Care in an Aging Society”. The presentation highlighted key areas for innovation and collaboration particularly in the clinical setting. Attendees were then able to hear about productive aging, changing demographics in Singapore and how it can impact retirement and health from Associate Professor Angelique Chan from DUKE-NUS Graduate Medical School.
The event took a more creative turn with speaker Tyco Tat from Singapore Polytechnic sharing on his experience as the lead designer at Innovations for Healthy Ageing (Inno4) on how user centred design can solve problems relevant to an aging population. The latest innovations in ophthalmology was the focus of the next speaker, Adjunct Associate Professor Shamira Perera from the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI).
NUS Industrial Design student Alex Teo then shared on an industrial designer’s perspective on designing for the elderly using his award-winning elder friendly and smart lighting device. Finally, attendees heard from the co-founders of both Modern Aging 2016 awardees – Flexosense and Kinexcs. As budding start-ups, they shared on their ideas and how their entrepreneurial journey with Modern Aging has been thus far.
The symposium also marked the official launch of the third run of the popular Modern Aging business accelerator program. Modern Aging Singapore is a community, accelerator, and education platform with the objective to create news businesses that help people live better as they live longer. The Modern Aging accelerator program identifies, develops and scales start-up companies that serve the needs of aging populations around the world. With the help of industry experts mentorship and business education program, the program ensures that their applicants are empowered to take their ideas forward.
Watch what happened
Professor Poh Kam Wong
Director, NUS Enterprise
Professor, NUS Business School
Dr Chow Mun Hong
Director Innovation and Quality Management, SingHealth
Later Life Possibilities: Ageing in a New Era
Assistant Professor Angelique Chan
Executive Director, Centre for Ageing Research and Education
Solving All the Wrong Problems
Design Lead, Innovations for Healthy Ageing (Innov4) User Experience Centre (UXC), Singapore Polytechnic
Beautiful Aging By Design
NUS Industrial Design Student & Designation 2016 Runner-Up
Reducing Hospital Fall Rates Through Individualized Fall Prevention Strategies
Andrea Choh Chau Lin
Nursing Quality & Safety Managemenet, SingHealth