Helen Ko (Dr)
Associate Professor | Singapore University of Social Sciences
Dr Helen Ko is an Associate Professor with the Singapore University of Social Sciences, teaching courses in the Master and PhD in Gerontology and Master of Counselling Programmes. She is concurrently Executive Director of Beyond Age, a training consultancy with deep expertise on ageing issues.
For over 30 years, Prof Ko carried out research on ageing issues and pioneered the development of several programmes for seniors in Singapore, while serving concurrently as a lecturer for various Diploma and Master programmes at different polytechnics and universities. Prof Ko had also served in various national committees, including the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Ageing Population and the Committee on Ageing Issues. She was previously Chief Executive Officer St Luke's Eldercare, Executive Director of Centre for Seniors and Director of Sage Counselling Centre. With her vast experience in the senior sector, Prof Ko provides a wealth of knowledge and insights on engaging older adults and their needs.
Prof Ko’s research interests include counselling older adults, lifelong learning, retirement issues and ageing workforce management. Through her research, she had developed an award-winning model for teaching older adults, published as a journal article entitled: Teaching Older Adults: An Instructional Model from Singapore (2020), indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection.