Exercise can stave off ageing

Exercise can stave off ageing

Getting older was not an excuse to slow down for masters swimming champion Mabel Leung Yuen-ying. She took up competitive swimming in her 40s, learned how to ski in her 50s, and tried scuba diving and skydiving, during her 60s.

Tuesday, 9 October, 2012, 9:44am 1 comment

Retirement is for wimps

An elderly man visits a shrine in the Sugamo district of Tokyo. Japan ages faster than any other developed society, with 23 per cent of its population 65 or older. One such individual is Hirofumi Mishima, below right, who like many of his ilk, is still in the workforce for money, health or seeking new friends. Photos: Bloomberg

Japan's willing elderly workers are defusing the country's pension time bomb, writes Kanoko Matsuyama.

18 Sep 2012 - 5:06pm

Birth ban will leave HK with fewer workers

A ban on mainland women giving birth in Hong Kong will leave the city with fewer workers to take care of a rapidly ageing population in future, the latest projections from the Census and Statistics Department show.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:42pm

Lasting longevity needs clean air

Few facts could be as comforting to a population as knowing that it is at the top of the longevity rankings. Hong Kong women have overtaken Japanese to have the world's longest life expectancy, 86.7 years, while men are likely to live to 78.4 years, just 1.8 years below the title-holders for the gender, the Swiss.

30 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Retirement age of 65 suggested for 2045

The national retirement age should be extended in stages to 65 for both men and women by the year 2045, the head of a social security think tank official has suggested.

4 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Young adults shun marriage

Nearly half of the city's young adults have no desire to raise a family, says the Family Planning Association.

In its latest Youth Sexuality Study, which is carried out in Hong Kong every five years, the association found that 45 per cent of male respondents and 39 per cent of females were either unsure, or had made a firm decision not to have children.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Health bites

Having babes at any old age

12 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Entrepreneurs see prospects in grey

Silver is gold for a new breed of entrepreneurs as 300,000 baby boomers are set to reach retirement age in the next five years.

4 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Just what is so bad about an ageing population anyway?

'An ageing population will lead to a shrinking labour force and present serious challenges to the productive capacity and sustainable development of Hong Kong's economy.'

Steering Committee on Population Policy SCMP, May 31

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Elderly 'should be embraced, not sidelined'

Picture a user of a mobile gadget, and a young person usually springs to mind.

But the telecommunications industry should take advantage of the as yet uncultivated 'silver-haired market', the chief of a social enterprise that manages emergency call services for the elderly says.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Skincare brand chief demonstrates the art of covering up

American skincare brand DMK held the Asian launch of its new make-up range in Hong Kong on Wednesday. The brand's founder, American biological scientist Dr Danne Montague-King, flew in specially for the occasion.

30 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Retirement crisis looms for civil service

Two-thirds of top civil servants will reach retirement age in the next decade, raising fears that they will be replaced by inexperienced staff and prompting calls by lawmakers for the compulsory retirement age of 60 to be raised.

17 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Recognition for a lifetime of serving the public

The workload is heavy and the frustrations are many, but the satisfactions of helping patients outweighs everything else, says the outgoing chief of the medicine and geriatrics department at Princess Margaret Hospital.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Greying populace a growing challenge

As China faces mounting pressure over its ageing population, health experts have questioned whether the central government is prepared to address the needs of the elderly.

The concerns were raised at a forum yesterday in Beijing to celebrate World Health Day on the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organisation.

8 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Healthy attitude

The global population is ageing as never before. Within the next five years, adults 65 and older will outnumber children younger than five; by 2050, they will outnumber children younger than 14.

Are we ready for this unprecedented demographic shift? We'd better be. The strains on health systems, governments, families and communities may be enormous.

7 Apr 2012 - 12:00am