-Day 2 15:30-16:30 Summit Stage
Prof Richard CHOU
Professor, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
The term “aging” refers to a multitude of physiological or psychological events that occur as we get older. Most of the physiological changes are multifactorial: some are events programmed into our DNA, while others are environmental. Different theories have been put forward to explain the genetically programmed events that contribute to aging, including DNA methylation and telomere shortening. On the other hand, there are contributing environmental factors including calorie restriction, stress, underlying medical conditions, etc.
Dementia is a gradual loss of memory and other cognitive functions that becomes more prominent over time. All forms of dementia have known causes, whether they be related to genetic changes or environmental factors. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, thought to be caused by beta-amyloid peptide and tau protein deposition, followed by vascular dementia. The correlation between aging and dementia is unknown. Our future lies in our ability to detect diseases at a very early stage or even before they occur, and anticipate how patients will respond to different therapies. And it will be the focus on our discussion during the conference.
Professor Chou, a neuroscientist as well as board certified physician in both Internal Medicine and Rheumatology works as the faculty and physician-scientist at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, a major teaching hospital Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in USA. Richard received his specialty training in Rheumatology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School and later became the Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
周教授是醫學科學家及神經學研究員，就職于達特茅斯蓋瑟，設立自己的實驗室。醫學院是美國達特茅斯-希區柯克醫療中心的主要教學醫院。 他同時也是內科及風濕病科的認證醫師。 他在麻薩諸塞州總醫院及哈佛醫學院接受風濕病科的專科訓練。晉身為哈佛醫學院醫學教員。
Dr David Lok Kwan, DAI
Chairman, Hong Kong Alzheimer’s Disease Association
Ageing and Dementia in Hong Kong
The graying of society is paralleled by an increasing prevalence of older persons with dementia. We are experiencing a tsunami best described as “Ageing of the Aged” which means that the proportion of those in their 60s will decrease, while those above 70 will exponentially increase.
Among the 80s, 30-40% may be suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. Hong Kong must prepare to live with and survive this tsunami on the three levels of prevention, including early diagnosis and intervention, midlife intervention, and bettering our next generation’s brain health. Building a dementia friendly community should be our immediate high priority goal. Everyone need to be geared towards enriching our older population and enabling persons with dementia and their families to live a better life.
Dr Dai is the Clinical Director for Healthcare for the Senior at Qualigenics. He was the Consultant Geriatrician at Prince of Wales Hospital and taught in The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Hong Kong. Dr Dai is the Chairman of the Hong Kong Alzheimer’s Disease Association. He obtained his LLB and became an accredited mediator in 2010. He also chairs the Independent Committee for Handling Complaints of the Social Welfare Department from 2015.
Dr Hong FUNG
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of CUHK Medical Centre
Honorary Professor at Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care, CUHK
Dr Hong FUNG is Chief Executive Officer of CUHK Medical Centre (CUHKMC). Dr Fung was Cluster Chief Executive of the New Territories East Cluster and Hospital Chief Executive of the Prince of Wales Hospital at the Hospital Authority from 2002 to 2013.