“Aging” and Holistic Healthy Living
(Left) Mr. Christian Malherbe Country Manager, Pfizer (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
(Right) Dr. Jack Watters Vice President for External Medical Affairs, Pfizer, Inc.
From his more than 30 years’ experience, Dr Jack Watters, Pfizer’s Vice President for External Medical Affairs, has passed on knowledge and life experiences to many people across the globe in order to understand the Aging lifestyle and how to live for sustainable happiness.
Dr Watters has a pharmaceutical career spanning over thirty years, across all phases of research from the laboratory to the clinic as well as raising the medical voice of the pharmaceutical industry in civil society.
“Aging is not totally a scary thing” said Dr Watters. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 2 billion people will be at least 60 years old by 2050. Asia and the Pacific is currently home to 55% of the world’s elderly population, and by 2050 that number will increase to 62%.
The most recent report from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) states that Thailand is quickly becoming an aging society. Today, Thailand has moved up to be the country with the second most aged population in the region (next to Singapore), with older persons constituting more than 10% of the population. By 2050, the population aged 60 and over is expected to exceed 20 million people in Thailand.
Along with the incredible value of increased life expectancy comes new challenges. As people are living longer, they are developing more chronic diseases, also referred to as non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The emergence of NCDs in Thailand has resulted from the socioeconomic, environmental and lifestyle changes associated with urbanization.
These diseases have not gone away, but what have become far more important are NCDs, such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis so Dr Watters advises that only you have a good understanding of how to live healthily, what daily activities to undertake and to see your doctor regularly to ask for advice.
Get Old Project (www.GetOld.com)
“You should see your doctor for a health check-up every six months, checking such things as cholesterol levels and blood pressure because prevention is better than treatment.”
As one of the world’s leading healthcare companies, Pfizer wants to play a meaningful role in helping people age well and live longer. Pfizer is creating a community at GetOld.com that encourages people to share how they feel about getting old.
Prevention is better than treatment–Dr Watters always emphasizes when dealing with the aging population in Thailand, especially vaccinations for elderly people e.g. vaccinations for flu and pneumonia.
Besides taking advice from your doctor frequently, a healthy lifestyle is very important for older people, especially exercising and spending leisure time usefully and with activities you enjoy. Dr Watters prefers to walk with his dog frequently.
“You shouldn’t think that being a certain age means you are old. If you can work, work. Working means you’re helping the economy, paying taxes, and contributing to GDP. This is a good partnership to have with the government.”
Pfizer wants to inspire and activate people of all ages to reconsider what it means to get old in terms of a better quality of life, adding years to their lives and confronting the biggest and most important health challenges facing them and society as a whole. Pfizer is committed to an approach that constantly improves healthcare and provides healthcare solutions as well as bringing in new innovative medicines for people living longer and enjoying a better quality of life.