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

Health bites

Health bites

Red alert for bowel cancer

14 Aug 2012 - 1:04pm

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

HK beats odds with 8th highest life spans in world

Hongkongers now boast one of the highest life expectancy rates in the world, though a move to Macau could add on another two years.

In the latest World Factbook annually published by the CIA, Hong Kong came in eighth in the world with an average life expectancy of just over 82 years. The average life span for Hong Kong men was 79 and 85 for women.

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Three elderly abandoned and more mistreated

Three elderly people were abandoned by relatives in Hong Kong last year and abuse cases of the elderly increased 15 per cent to 368 - but a welfare group says this is just 'the tip of the iceberg'.

23 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

A matter of three degrees

Bachelor of science programmes The Chinese University of Hong Kong

With more associate degree and higher diploma holders demanding a full degree, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is launching three two-year full-time UGC-funded undergraduate programmes designed for associate degree or higher diploma holders in the 2012-2013 academic year.

4 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

First glimpses of trend-setting skincare products


9 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Count up those as calories as you consume and burn

Spark People Food and Fitness Tracker - Free Rating 10/10

Absolutely shocking: who would've thought that my favourite tipple, a glass of whisky, would cost a massive 270 calories? But the damage was already done as I was updating this iPhone app the following morning.

14 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

More than 1,900 abuse cases last year

The number of cases reported to Against Elderly Abuse rose to 1,918 last year, a 7.8 per cent increase on 2008. More than half involved obtaining money by deception, while about 30 per cent of the cases were verbal abuse. The non-governmental organisation urged the government to introduce laws criminalising abuse of elderly people.

22 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Family accounts for most elderly abuse

A study on elderly abuse showed that almost half of the abusers were the victims' children, while some 28 per cent were their spouses. The Hong Kong Christian Service reviewed the 92 elderly abuse cases it had handled under its Elder Abuse Reconciliation Service between 2005 and early 2009 and found almost 40 per cent of the cases involved 'psychological abuse'.

11 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Channel hop

It's not often a television programme can claim to be life-changing but this week there's one that has the potential to be just that.

19 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Cases of abuse against elderly on the rise

Welfare group Against Elderly Abuse handled 1,780 cases of abuse against the elderly last year, an increase of 13.4 per cent on 2007. The group said 34.6 per cent of last year's cases involved complaints about people taking property of the elderly and a quarter of the cases involved mental abuse.

29 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Mortal Coil: A Short History of Living Longer

Mortal Coil: A Short History of Living Longer

by David Boyd

Haycock Yale University Press HK$240

'To philosophise,' Montaigne wrote, 'is to learn to die.' He was paraphrasing Cicero and making an ancient point: only by leading examined lives can we reconcile ourselves to the inevitability of our deaths.

24 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Abuse of the elderly rising, group warns

A welfare group yesterday called for urgent action to help stop abuse of elderly people following a rise in its caseload of nearly 40 per cent.

Against Elderly Abuse handled 1,570 cases last year - an average of about four cases a day. This was 38 per cent more than the 1,136 cases in 2006.

18 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Tim Hamlett's Hong Kong

A veteran journalist and Baptist University academic, Tim looks at the issues facing the city. E-mail him at

13 Feb 2008 - 12:00am