Mobility, Balance & Falls in Older Adults: Symposium

With an average life expectancy of 83 in 2015, Singapore has the third-highest life expectancy in the world. For healthcare providers, an ageing population is associated with many issues, among which are falls in older persons.

Attendees of SITLEARN Professional Development’s inaugural healthcare symposium. (3 March 2017) – Photo | SIT

Attendees of SITLEARN Professional Development’s inaugural healthcare symposium. (3 March 2017) – Photo | SIT

SINGAPORE (3 March 2017) - SITLEARN Professional Development organised its first healthcare symposium titled “Mobility, Balance & Falls in Older Adults”, with the aim of bringing together healthcare practitioners to share how falls can be reduced in older persons.

Held at SIT@Dover, the full-day symposium featured speakers from organisations such as New York’s Upstate Medical University, NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), Singapore General Hospital (SGH), Age-Link Specialist Clinic, POWERUP-Whiterock Medco and SIT.

The symposium was attended by participants from 14 healthcare organisations in Singapore, and comprised nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, therapist aides and medical social workers.

Delivering the symposium keynote: Renowned author of Geriatric Physical Therapy and Professor at New York’s Upstate Medical University, Dr Dale Avers. (3 March 2017) – Photo | SIT

Left: Dr Fong Ngan Phoon, Adjunct Associate Professor, NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health;Right: Dr Sitoh Yih Yiow, Senior Consultant, Age-Link Specialist Clinic for Older Persons. (3 March 2017) – Photo | SIT

Symposium speakers in the audience (left to right): Dr Lim Yen Peng, Head of Department, TTSH; Dr Angela Papadimitriou, Assistant Professor, SIT; and Dr Wee Seng Kwee, Assistant Professor, SIT. (3 March 2017) – Photo | SIT

The different expertise of speakers have brought in-depth knowledge of various comparative fall factors. In additional, various tools and models were introduced as a guide to evaluate and form appropriate interventions for fall prevention.
Goh Meiqi, Staff Nurse, Mount Alvernia Hospital
The symposium was very helpful, with lots of information and practical examples relevant to my profession. Great speakers, who are very knowledgeable in their areas of expertise. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.
Bernadette Arguilla, Physiotherapist, Ling Kwang Home for Senior Citizens
All the speakers have a lot of experience and were very good in presentation. The symposium programme is precious. All the topics are very useful for all levels of healthcare workers.
May Thazin Tun, Nursing Aide, Ren Ci Hospital
This course was good and relatable to me as a nurse. I am able to relate, retain and take home information to share with my mother, other relatives and patients.
Gursharan Kaur d/o Soginder Singh, Staff Nurse, Mount Alvernia Hospital
About SITLEARN Professional Development

SITLEARN Professional Development is SIT’s continuing education unit, formed in 2016 to help working professionals develop to their fullest potential. Developed in consultation with industry, the unit’s portfolio of continuing education programmes emphasise the integration of theory with hands-on application, and are designed to provide industry-relevant, authentic learning experiences to organisations and individuals. To find out more about SITLEARN Professional Development, visit sitlearn.edu.sg