Concurrent Sessions – Ageing… O’Connell, Angdrew


Concurrent Sessions – Ageing… O’Connell, Angdrew

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Assistive Technology – a significant resource in supporting ageing well and reablement

Ms Hilary O’Connell (Independent Living Centre WA, Perth,, Australia)


There is wide diversity among people as they age. Many people remain healthy and well into older age whereas others may start noticing the impact of long term conditions that can limit daily activities in some way from their 50’s. Some have greater intrinsic capacity to age well and some live in an enabling extrinsic environment that supports their functional capacity.

Positive and successful ageing theories focus on optimisation, resilience and building capacity to enable people to enhance quality of life. A 2018 study found firm evidence that Assistive Technology (AT) delivers independence, autonomy, safety and participation for consumers. Recognising that AT can bridge the gap between changing ability and continuing to manage for oneself (as opposed to struggling or relying on others) is a key stage in the process of obtaining it and successful usage.

This presentation will discuss work the ILCWA has been undertaking into developing accessible information that will help people as they age across the life course. Through digital access to information, support and resources and the input of personalised data, individuals will:

  • better understand the sort of assistive technology available and applicability to their specific circumstances and needs
  • develop an increased understanding of how they are ageing based on their level of functional independence
  • access targeted wellness and reablement focussed interventions, guided signposting to relevant local resources, personal advice and insight to make a difference to their own ageing and wellbeing be provided with information about AT in a mainstream environment


Towards 2020: Localising global best practices for creating socially connected communities for successful ageing-in-place

Sylwin Angdrew

Based on the World Bank population projections, APAC’s ageing population, aged 60 and above, is projected to increase to 500 million by 2020. Life expectancy is also increasing. However, it is not about how long we live, but how healthy, independent and happy we are as we age. Having visited over 350 retirement communities, wellness and rehabilitation facilities globally, we observed that people are starting to plan for successful ageing earlier, and implementing active ageing communities that focus on preventive healthcare. This presentation will focus on four key areas to enable the development of active ageing communities:

Age with Laughter
Age with Health
Age with Purpose
Age with Engagement
As the General Manager at Ageing Asia, Sylwin oversees the administration and operational aspects of the company. With over 15 years of experience building partnerships and rapport with various top decision makers from IT, financial, government, transport, healthcare to manufacturing sector, Sylwin has been instrumental in developing the company’s core competencies. Since joining Ageing Asia in 2012, Sylwin has been actively engaging in discussions with key industry stakeholders, and constantly kept updated on the latest trends in Asia Pacific’s ageing market. Sylwin is also the Head of Business Development at Ageing Asia. She continually seeks to enhance the quality of Ageing Asia’s B2B platform, and curate opportunities for the Alliance’s members and partners to access the region’s ageing market. Sylwin is an Indonesian who has lived in Singapore for close to 20 years. She holds an Honours in Bachelor of Management from the University of London, and has a passion for wine & yoga.

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