RGC Public Lectures - Challenge of Population Ageing: Dementia

Two leading scholars have been invited to deliver public lectures organized by the Research Grants Council on 7 December 2019 (Saturday). Details of the lectures are as follows:

Topic Speaker Time
Prevention of dementia Professor Timothy Kwok (Professor of the Department of Medicine & Therapeutics of the Chinese University of Hong Kong) 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The positive effects of cognitive stimulation therapy for elderly with dementia Dr Young Kim-wan (Associate Professor of the Department of Social Work of the Hong Kong Baptist University) 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre G/F, Hong Kong Central Library (Location Map)
Language: Cantonese
Free admission on a first-come, first-served basis.

For enquiries, please contact us at 2524 3987 or rgc@ugc.edu.hk.

First Session

Topic: Prevention of dementia
Speaker: Professor Timothy Kwok
Time: 7 December 2019 (Saturday) 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Brief introduction:

Dementia is a major cause of dependency in old age. It can be delayed or prevented by physical social activities, and healthy diet. In addition, mind body exercises, e.g. Taichi, cognitive training can improve cognitive function in older people. Vitamin B12 deficiency can contribute to dementia, but its supplement in those without deficiency does not improve cognitive function. Folic acid supplement in combination of vitamin B12 may prevent cognitive decline, but only in those who can metabolize it and it may interfere with the actions of aspirin. Professor Timothy Kwok will deliver a talk titled "Prevention of dementia" to the public.

About the Speaker:

Dr Timothy Kwok graduated from University of Leicester in the UK and received specialist training in Geriatric and Internal Medicine in St George's Hospital in London before returning to Hong Kong, to join the Department of Medicine & Therapeutics in the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in 1994. He obtained his MD in 2004. He was promoted to professorship in 2006. At CUHK, he is director of Jockey Club Centre for Positive Ageing (a comprehensive care centre for people with dementia) and Jockey Club centre for osteoporosis care and control. He is also deputy director of Jockey Club Institute of Ageing. His research interests include dementia, osteoporosis, falls, nutrition, palliative care and health services.






Second Session

Topic: The positive effects of cognitive stimulation therapy for elderly with dementia
Speaker: Dr Young Kim-wan
Time: 7 December 2019 (Saturday) 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Brief introduction:

There are around 100,000 elderly with dementia in Hong Kong, and the number is expected to escalate to 290,000 by the year 2036. Currently, pharmacological treatments for dementia have been found to have minimal benefits on cognitive decline and symptoms. On the other hand, cognitive stimulation therapy has been developed in the United Kingdom and has been implemented successfully across different cultures and societies. Local research evidence supports the idea that cognitive stimulation therapy is effective in improving cognitive function of the elderly with mild to moderate dementia. In his talk titled "The positive effects of cognitive stimulation therapy for elderly with dementia", Dr Young Kim-wan will introduce cognitive stimulation therapy in local practice.

About the Speaker:

Associate Professor of Department of Social Work, Hong Kong Baptist University, Program Director of Master of Social Science in Counselling, Ph.D. in Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Registered Social Worker of Hong Kong, Approved Supervisor and Certified Counselor of Hong Kong Professional Counseling Association. He has served in the field of mental health service and dementia care for years in Hong Kong. His teaching and research interests are now focusing on mental health counseling and dementia care, such as: treatment of dementia, mental health counseling, and cognitive behavioral therapy.


RGC Public Lectures - Challenge of Population Ageing: Dementia (Second Session - Photo 1) Dr Young Kim-wan

RGC Public Lectures - Challenge of Population Ageing: Dementia (Second Session - Photo 2) Dr Young Kim-wan