Elderly Care

The long waiting game: Meet the 90-year-old mother caring for her 47-year-old son with Down's

The long waiting game: Meet the 90-year-old mother caring for her 47-year-old son with Down's

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.

Tuesday, 2 June, 2015, 4:28pm

Councils should help old folk with dental care

Candy Tam says providing dental care to elderly is important as most of them no longer enjoy their favourite food because of oral decay. Photo: Jonathan Wong

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 this

12 Jun 2013 - 1:20am

'Stories Among Us' brings tales of elderly Hongkongers to the public

Paul Spangfort interviews Lee She-yuen for the project, which also documents the life stories of Chan Sau-yee; So Woon; and Mrs Mak. Photos: Long Guan, Paul Spangfort, Geena Yip, Claudia Cheung, Haylie Ho

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

Fosun to boost housing projects for the elderly

The rapid increase in the number of elderly people on the mainland is seen by conglomerate Fosun International as offering potential for the housing market. Photo: Reuters

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

Man, 71, beaten to death in care home

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

Filial piety requires emotional care, not just financial support

Filial piety requires emotional care, not just financial support. Photo: Reuters

Recent family tragedies have sparked discussions on the relationship between children and their parents in the local community.

5 Apr 2013 - 3:02am

'Elderly forced into care homes'

Lending a hand: an 86-year-old woman is served lunch at the Haven of Hope Holistic Care Centre, in Tseung Kwan O. Photo: David Wong

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

Exco chief Lam Woon-kwong's grand ambition: a call for grown-up policymaking

Lam Woon-kwong says the current administration can make significant progress in social problems, but it needs the co-operation of lawmakers who are willing to put aside obstructionist tactics. Photo: Jonathan Wong

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

Improve care at home for the elderly

To secure quality care for the elderly and for social stability, a long-term, proactive policy on elderly care is crucial.

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

Hong Kong should take its cue from Singapore for a sound population policy

Illustration: Craig Stephens

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

Letters to the Editor, January 30, 2013

Public estates are a perfect location. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

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

Let private insurers help ease health burden

Hong Kong is a rapidly ageing city. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

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

Aso retracts 'hurry up and die' gaffe

Taro Aso. Photo: Bloomberg

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

Letters to the Editor, January 19, 2013

Benigno Aquino's views on guns are wrong. Photo: Xinhua

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

Letters to the Editor, January 18, 2013

Parallel trading activities can be curbed. Photo: David Wong

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