01 Oct '11, 9am

DTN Singapore: Over 65? Take this free health test: SINGAPORE: Now into its sixth year, the annual Public Health...

DTN Singapore: Over 65? Take this free health test: SINGAPORE: Now into its sixth year, the annual Public Health...

SINGAPORE: Now into its sixth year, the annual Public Health Screening (PHS) aims to reach out to adults over the age of 21 to help detect chronic diseases early. About 800 medical students of the National University of Singapore and 15 doctors are volunteering at the event. PHS helps screen for conditions like high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol. And for the first time, this year's event has a screening booth just for the elderly aged 65 and above. Part of the geriatric screening is a fall-risk assessment. By standing up and sitting down, mobility and balance are tested. And this is important because falls are a common cause of hospitalisation amongst the elderly. Ng Zhi Guang, director of Public Health Screening 2011 and a third year medical student at the National University of Singapore, said: "For many of the elderly who live alone who don't ha...

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