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  • Jul 11, 2014
  • Updated: 12:52pm

Old Age

Oldest person in world turns 116 in Japan

The world's oldest person turned 116 yesterday - as health chiefs in Japan launched a study to find out why he and many of those around him have lived so long. Jiroemon Kimura, who was born in 1897, was expected to celebrate his astonishing milestone with friends and family.

Saturday, 20 April, 2013, 3:50am

Pope's resignation highlights ageing dilemma of octogenarians

The 85-year-old pontiff announced on Monday that old age had sapped him of the strength required to lead the world's 1.1 billion Catholics. Benedict had a heart pacemaker installed some time ago but was not suffering from poor health, a Vatican spokesman said. It had not been generally known that the 85-year-old pope had been fitted with a pacemaker.

13 Feb 2013 - 4:58am

Housing group offers special help

Facilitating quality living for older generations is a major priority for the Hong Kong Housing Society (HKHS). However, rather than simply providing specialist housing for the elderly, the Society also pioneers initiatives aimed at improving their healthcare needs and general well-being.

14 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Couple's ordeal spurs call for change in elderly care

The plight of an elderly couple who are struggling to stay together exposes serious glitches and shortages in the care-home system that need to be tackled, said legislators who visited the pair yesterday.

The welfare chief meanwhile said the government's approach was to focus on 'ageing in place' - letting the elderly live out their retirement at home and in the community.

8 Feb 2012 - 12:00am


We need to care for the elderly

Taking care of the elderly has become a serious social problem in our city. There are just not enough facilities and public services for older people.

There is also a shortage of recreational facilities available for them in residential areas, such as walking paths and parks.

22 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

They're still in the game

Siu Man-cheuk, a national table tennis champion for more than five decades, drives a firm forearm shot across the table. Smack, pop, ping! Within seconds, Charles Yuen tosses another ball gingerly towards the seasoned player and he smacks it again.

24 May 2011 - 12:00am

Make HK more elderly friendly

Hong Kong faces an ageing population because of the low birth rate. But there are not enough services for the elderly. There should be better facilities at homes for old people. There are reports some of these centres do not treat the elderly well.

25 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Home alone

Kuo Chih-chiang is delighted with his new home, a 100-sq-ft flat in a Tai Wo Hau public housing estate in Kwai Tsing. There's just room for a bed, table and a television, but the 66-year-old says it's a vast improvement on the 50-sq-ft rooftop cubicle he had in Tsuen Wan.

4 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Novel approach to elderly care attracts hard-to-win funding

The few community groups that succeeded in obtaining grants from a hard-to-get government fund say they have developed new thinking and strategies under the stringent test of the fund.

Lai Wai-tze, project manager of the Salvation Army, said she took time to think of 'unconventional' ideas, which won appreciation from the fund's manager.

17 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

press play

Hold on to your dentures for this music video by BBC documentary-maker Tim Samuels, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqfFrCUrEbY&NR=1.

10 Jun 2007 - 12:00am