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This year’s World Congress on Healthy Aging (WCHA 2015) is being held right here in Sandton, next month.

According to Time magazine: “We live in extraordinary times. And thanks to medical and scientific advances that even a generation ago would have sounded like science fiction, our lives are getting longer.”

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to listen to the world’s leading aging experts during a series of consumer workshops.

An event not to be missed, with the advantage of paying only for the talks that you wish to attend, this year’s congress promises to be a hard act to follow.

Below we profile one of the health experts, DR RYAN FULLER, Chairman of the WCHA Scientific Committee, who will be a panelist on Healthy Ageing Association of Africa (HASOA): The way forward

Dr Fuller will be joined by other recognised experts in the field.

“Everyone wants to live longer, and science is starting to make that happen. But living better will be the real challenge—and opportunity” – Time magazine February 2015

Who is Dr Ryan Fuller?

Dr Ryan Fuller

Dr Ryan Fuller completed undergraduate medical training at UCT and Baragwanath Hospital before specialising in psychiatry in London with dual accreditation in general adult and old age psychiatry. During this time he helped develop a memory clinic with a split model and wrote the operational plan for a dementia care ward. He is accredited assessor under the Mental Capacity Act and was a part time lecturer and clinical research fellow at the Division of Neuroscience, Imperial College, where he worked on endocrine dysregulation and depression.

He returned to South Africa in 2010 and completed public service at Sterkfontein Hospital, where he was responsible for forensic rehabilitation. He currently works in private practiceat Akeso Clinic in Parktown, as one of Johannesburg’s few Psychogeriatricians. His special interests are cognitive disorders, related mental health problems, evidence-based treatment and safeguarding the elderly. He also consults at Discovery Health where he helped develop an innovative Senior Care Co=ordination Program. He is passionate about integrated clinical governance and fostering public- private partnerships.

Dr Ryan Fuller shares how he lives his brand:

I chose to work in the health industry because my older sister has a mild learning disability which stimulated an interest in me, from a young age, in neuroscience and how the brain works. I was determined to try and “cure” her until I learnt that the immediate psychosocial environment is as important in determining a person’s overall level of functioning and happiness as the disability itself or a medical cure for one.

My greatest health asset is my relentless curiosity, hunger to learn and love of reading informative health literature.

The piece of life changing health advice that I can give others is to give a great General Practitioner (GP) doctor the opportunity to get to know you through a personal electronic health record.

My greatest achievement so far has been persuading my wonderful wife to give me a chance, and then being blessed with two healthy bundles of joy!

The health lesson that I have learned which personally changed my life is to trust my instinct and have the courage to be honest with the right health care providers so that they have the opportunity to provide the right care and treatment for me, at the right place and the right time.

If I could change one thing about myself it would be my obsessive nature!

I would like to die without pain, knowing that my time was well spent in the service of others, that the field of psychogeriatrics was advanced a bit by this work and that my family are blessed with good health and safety.

My motto is: “To be with” or to connect with people less fortunate than myself during their existential crises.

Join Dr Fuller on Saturday 1st August at this prestigious event:

Topic: Healthy Ageing Association of Africa (HASOA): The way forward (17:30-18:30)

Dr Ryan Fuller will be joined by wellness experts:

Gisele Wertheim-Aymes – CEO Longevity

Karyn Casey – a Speech-Language Pathologist in Johannesburg

Justin Hawes

Karen Borochowitz –  Executive Director of Dementia SA

 Longevity expert

TO FIND OUT WHICH CONSUMER WORKSHOP IS BEST FOR YOU, GO TO and find all the details to register for the WCHA 2015. It just takes a few clicks from the World Congress on Healthy Aging’s home page.


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This post has been curated by a Longevity Live editor for the website.

The content in this editorial is for general information only and is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. For more information on your medical condition and treatment options, speak to your healthcare professional.