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  1. Our population is ageing

    Posted Feb 11th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I am concerned about Hong Kong's ageing population. Young people will have to bear the burden of looking after the rising number of elderly people, while the shrinking workforce could ... in the workforce, the effects of an ageing population could be minimised. Winkie Chan, SKH Li Fook Hing Secondary School From the Editor Thank you for your letter, Winkie. It is right that you should ...

  2. HK's ageing population 'is a ticking time bomb'

    Posted Dec 15th 2009, 12:00am by Kate Watson

    ... Kate Watson As Hong Kong's population ages, people's worrying lack of retirement funds is akin to a ticking time bomb, according to financial services pundits. And to offset ... mature economies surveyed, where older age groups were considerably further along in terms of their retirement readiness. Hong Kong's population is rapidly becoming older. According ...

  3. Greying population a growing headache

    Posted Nov 26th 2009, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... system, particularly its pension scheme, in the face of a greying population, economists say. Ma Wenlong, a 97-year-old living in the serviced Futai Seniors' Apartments in Beijing's ... grandfather. By 2030, according to the ministry of labour and social security, 351 million mainlanders, or 23 per cent of the population, will be over 60. The elderly-dependency ratio- a measure ...

  4. Elderly population suffers effects of inadequate welfare

    Posted Jul 21st 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... one. It is now widely recognised that one of the greatest challenges the central government faces is how to improve the lot of the burgeoning elderly population. Figures released by the State Statistics Bureau this month have marked out China as one of the only developing countries in the world with an ageing population. But as things stand, the country's nascent health and welfare ...

  5. Lifetime working

    Posted Sep 15th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) was devised to look after Hong Kong's ageing population. Anyone who retires at 60 receives MPF benefits until around 75. While this is a precautionary measure, the elderly surely can have a better living. As there is lifelong learning, why shouldn't there be lifetime working? We should be able to assure workers of employment ...

  6. The winners and losers in Hong Kong's age divide

    Posted Dec 31st 2009, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... and Kowloon City will be growing the fastest. Those are among the Planning Department's projections for the city's population in 2018, as interpreted by the Elderly Commission. 'The ... there is no mandatory retirement age in Hong Kong, most employers take their lead from the government and require staff to retire at 60. According to the projection, the population is expected to increase from ...

  7. The greying of Asia

    Posted May 14th 2004, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... Michael Richardson Two developments this week highlight how populations in key Asia-Pacific countries are becoming older, and the challenges accompanying this trend. Indeed, it could ... the young to have at least three children. With women marrying later and having fewer children, only immigration is keeping the population above the replacement rate. In places like Japan, ...

  8. Number of foreign helpers falls by 17,000

    Posted Jul 02nd 2003, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Sars and the economic slump combine to halt a steady rise in the maid population The number of foreign domestic helpers declined by 17,000 from February to May, with the impact of Sars and the continuing dismal economy taking their toll. Their population fell by 9,500 at the height of the Sars outbreak from March to May, while a net total of 7,500 returned home in February, Immigration ...

  9. We must not tolerate this level of poverty

    Posted May 17th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... living below its perceived breadline in the first three quarters of last year at 846,800 out of a population of 7.1 million. Up-to-date independent assessments aren't yet available, ... solutions recommended by studies have been either ignored or ineffectively enacted. Our fast-ageing population is straining resources. There has been a marked decline in the quality of some services ...

  10. People our most precious asset; let's not waste them

    Posted Dec 17th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... at a time when the population is ageing and the birth rate low. The government has tried, belatedly, to deal with income support for a retired population that is growing and living longer. It did so ... of heavily subsidised health care for an ageing population that will demand access to ever more expensive advances in treatment and technology. The more people continue to earn beyond nominal ...




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