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
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
Recent family tragedies have sparked discussions on the relationship between children and their parents in the local community.5 Apr 2013 - 3:02am
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
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
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
During his chief executive election campaign, Leung Chun-ying pledged to introduce an improved old age allowance.17 Nov 2012 - 1:16am
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
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, 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
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
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
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