Ninety-year-old Lee Lan goes to bed each night worrying if she will wake up tomorrow. Her son, Chan Chi-bun is 47 years old, has Down’s Syndrome, and no one to care for him when she passes away.
While Dr Joseph Lee Kok-long, legislative representative for the health services constituency, believes the government should provide better dental care for the elderly by setting up clinics for this purpose in all 18 districts ("Government must ensure elderly get affordable dental care", May 28), it is obvious that the community in general has squandered a glorious opportunity to provide this12 Jun 2013 - 1:20am
When Paul Spangfort and a group of teenage volunteers walked into the lounge at an elderly centre in Sheung Wan, a cheerful old man stood up and welcomed them with a song, setting his own lyrics to the tune of Happy Birthday.2 Dec 2013 - 12:16pm
Fortress has partnered Fosun to operate joint venture Shanghai Starcastle Living Services, which already has a housing project for the elderly in the city.23 May 2013 - 3:51am
A 71-year-old man from a Kennedy Town nursing home died early yesterday after a fellow resident struck him with a walking stick. The victim suffered multiple head injuries. The attacker, 86, who occupies the next bed, has a history of psychological and mental illness.19 May 2013 - 7:42am 1 comment
Recent family tragedies have sparked discussions on the relationship between children and their parents in the local community.5 Apr 2013 - 3:02am
The government is forcing elderly people into care homes, a leading member of its own Elderly Commission claims. Dr Lam Ching-choi, vice-chairman of the government advisory body and head of Haven of Hope Christian Service, said: "Government policies prioritise efficiency over quality of care, forcing the elderly into senior centres or into hospitals against their wishes."14 Feb 2013 - 4:09am
Seven months on from his appointment as convenor of the Executive Council, Lam Woon-kwong remains confident Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying can pave the way for a more prosperous Hong Kong. But it's the politicians, rather than Leung, who must make changes, Lam says - they need to be rational in their criticism and the civil service handed a clear, feasible agenda.12 Feb 2013 - 9:42am 1 comment
This year's policy address outlines a blueprint for the development of Hong Kong in the next five years. There has been a wide discussion in Hong Kong about the policies, and what concerned me most is the one on elderly care.8 Feb 2013 - 3:25am 1 comment
Both Singapore and Hong Kong share very similar population characteristics: a rapidly ageing population and very low fertility rates. Both worry about the negative impact of a shrinking workforce with an ageing society.7 Feb 2013 - 2:41am 15 comments
Because of Sheung Shui's proximity to Shenzhen, Hong Kong-born children living on the mainland tend to be sent to schools in North District.30 Jan 2013 - 4:32am 3 comments
With much debate lately about relative income levels and quality of life in Hong Kong, the issue of health care for an ageing population is going to remain a priority for the public and policymakers alike.30 Jan 2013 - 2:13am 1 comment
Taro Aso, Japan's deputy prime minister, was forced to deny that he advocated the elderly should "hurry up and die" to save the government the cost of providing medical care for them.
The 72-year-old Aso, who has a reputation for speaking insensitively, was addressing a meeting on social security issues on the burden imposed by prolonging patients' lives with treatment.22 Jan 2013 - 5:03am
Opportunist Leung critics must move on
Over the past few months, there has been a torrent of criticism against the chief executive over unauthorised structures at his home.
The critics questioned his integrity and demanded his apology. The pan-democrats tried to drive him from office and, when that failed, made an attempt to impeach him.19 Jan 2013 - 2:08am 2 comments
Anti-Leung outcry is an overreaction
I have lived in this city for 18 months and have found Hong Kong people generally to be friendly and polite.
When I have tried to speak the Cantonese I have learned with them, they have been encouraging.
However, I have been disappointed with the recent ongoing criticisms of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.18 Jan 2013 - 1:50am