Elderly support

Time for Hong Kong to move on retirement plan

Protestors urge Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to introduce Universal Retirement Protection outside Central Government Offices in Tamar. Photo: David Wong

If a few radical pan-democrats had their way, a consultation on a universal retirement protection scheme would be launched tomorrow. But the government says an official study on the need for one could take years.

Tuesday, 28 May, 2013, 1:20am

Old folk suffer in silence

Photo: Bloomberg

Oral health is an important determinant of health-related quality of life of the elderly.

However, it is being overlooked or even neglected by current health policies.

As a result, it is particularly difficult for the elderly to access oral health care services, public or private.

28 May 2013 - 1:20am

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

An age-old problem and the sums that just don't add up

The civil service pension obligations cited by John Tsang, with a net present value of HK$600 billion, can be used for old age benefits. Photo: Bloomberg

If two different forecasts made by our statisticians over the space of just two years can barely get within half a million people of each other for the year 2039 and entirely ignore an external forecast of an actual population decline, how can John Whiskers know that we will have exactly 2.56 million elderly in 2041?

3 Mar 2013 - 3:32am 6 comments

The Week Explained: Investing in old age

Putting money into retirement funds avoids paying tax on it. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

As Hong Kong crawls towards providing better support for the elderly poor, we still have nothing resembling a universal pension scheme. For most people who are neither rich nor poor, providing for old age remains a headache.

17 Dec 2012 - 5:31am

Insight: cherish the older generation

Both old and young need support from family members. Photo: Corbis

My father celebrated his 83rd birthday in November. Despite his advanced age, he works full time and is financially independent. He had enjoyed good health for more than 80 years, but unfortunately he was diagnosed with diabetes last year.

9 Dec 2012 - 1:43pm

Old-age allowance proposal well short of CY Leung's pledge

During his chief executive election campaign, Leung Chun-ying pledged to introduce an improved old age allowance.

17 Nov 2012 - 1:16am

Hong Kong's old folk get raw deal

It will take a lot more than financial help to cultivate genuine respect and consideration for our senior citizens.

I refer to your editorial ("Quit stalling on old-age plan", November 1) and join you in urging lawmakers to pass the bill on the Old Age Living Allowance to help the poor elderly in Hong Kong, but I think the means test for the elderly aged over 70 should be lifted.

The elderly in this city enjoy far less respect than their peers in other developed societies.

7 Nov 2012 - 4:33am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, October 29, 2012

The banyan tree that fell in Tai Po. Photo: Edmond So

PLA can give up some sites for housing

Your Focus article ("The tide turns for Xi", October 24) presented an interesting background sketch of our leader-in-waiting, Xi Jinping . Of particular note, was his Fujian campaign slogan of "returning green mountains and rivers to our people".

29 Oct 2012 - 1:49am 1 comment

Why must elderly poor wait longer while allowance is fine-tuned?

It is plain wrong to withhold a miserly allowance from the elderly poor just so legislators can make a political point.

Why, I ask, are we trying to hold off giving money - albeit a small amount and not nearly enough - to the elderly poor? The government's proposed Old Age Living Allowance that would give HK$2,200 a month to the elderly poor isn't perfect. Nothing in life is. And if we lived in an ideal world, there'd be no such word as "poverty".

29 Oct 2012 - 12:53am 1 comment

Pensions need a longer view

In a rapidly ageing society, the problem of inadequate retirement savings and the lack of a decent safety net needs to be addressed to avoid a crisis. Photo: Sam Tsang

Successive governments have ruled out a universal retirement pension. But recent events have revived the issue. One is the threat by some political parties to oppose funding for a boosted old-age allowance unless the government drops its plan to means test it.

22 Oct 2012 - 2:52am

Benefits for elderly must go to those who truly need it

Hong Kong's strong tradition of respect for the elderly is truly admirable and is reflected in the passion with which the old-age allowance has been defended over the years by our community, which recognises it as an expression of gratitude for their contribution to society, not as a welfare benefit.

14 Oct 2012 - 11:27am

China must help elderly stay in financial health

As China's population ages, finding ways to meet the needs of the increasing numbers of the elderly is becoming its greatest challenge. The usual measures would be to use fiscal and financial instruments. But in a country where the state financial system cannot adequately meet demands, more innovative financial services and products will be needed as a supplement.

22 Sep 2012 - 3:12am