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Registration is open for the second World Congress on Healthy Ageing which will be held in Johannesburg from 30 July to 2 August 2015.

Themed ‘Bridging the Ageing Divide’, the congress will be a global forum for internationally renowned experts to address healthy ageing issues with a specific focus on how they apply to the African region.

The first World Congress on Healthy Ageing was held in Malaysia in 2012.

Dr Ryan Fuller, psychogeriatrician and Scientific Chair of the congress, says the event will address all issues related to healthy ageing including managing non-communicable diseases, diet, strategies for healthy ageing and how technology will advance ageing solutions.

Speakers confirmed for the World Congress on Healthy Ageing include Dr Yen Choo, molecular biologist and member of the UK Stem Cell Steering Committee, Prof Suresh Rattan, head of the Laboratory of Cellular Ageing of the Department of Molecular Biology at the Aarhus University in Denmark, Prof Bradley Wilcox, well-known Physician-Investigator in Geriatrics and Prof Melvyn Freeman, Chief Director for Non-Communicable Diseases at the National Department of Health.

The congress organisers are advised by an international advisory panel of experts.

Fuller says, however, that the congress will not only consist of high-level scientific discussions.  “A programme of public workshops will be held parallel to the scientific programme with topics such as safeguarding the older person, key health determinants of successful ageing and the importance of sexual health as you age.”

People who will benefit from the World Congress on Healthy Ageing include medical and healthcare professionals, academics, caregivers, legislators, community service personnel, city planners and people interested in the science of healthy ageing.

The congress is supported by the City of Johannesburg, Dementia SA, the South African Society of Psychiatrists, Alzheimers South Africa, the Southern African Neurological Rehabilitation Association and the Malaysian Healthy Ageing Society.

Early bird registration closes on 1 April 2015.  Delegates can register online on www.wcha2015.com.