Why a nonagenarian Hong Kong caretaker feels longevity is a curse

Family care changed this 93-year-old Hong Kong runner’s life for the better

20 years, 20 people: educator Noel Ho Ching-man

20 years, 20 people: children’s show host Helen Tam Yuk-ying

Why a nonagenarian Hong Kong caretaker feels longevity is a curse

June 16, 2017

Hong Kong’s men and women enjoy the longest life expectancy in the world, but 93-year-old Sum Shuet feels longevity is a curse.

Instead of being taking care of, Sum is the caretaker of her 68-year-old son, who suffered a stroke. Sum, who is a diabetic, pays daily visit to the care centre to tend to her son.

The lack of community-based services has resulted in a growing trend of elderly people taking care of their older family members.

In 2014, the government tasked the Elderly Commission with formulating an Elderly Services Programme Plan aimed at achieving “ageing in place”, or moving towards community-based support services as opposed to care homes.

(Photo: SCMP’s David Wong)

Family care changed this 93-year-old Hong Kong runner’s life for the better

June 16, 2017

Ninety-three-year-old Cheung Suet-ling won a gold medal for Hong Kong in a running competition in South Korea in March 2017.

With family support, Cheung demonstrates a positive example of “ageing in place”. The nonagenarian’s daughter and friends encourage her to lead a vibrant lifestyle.

In 2014, the government tasked the Elderly Commission with formulating an Elderly Services Programme Plan aimed at achieving “ageing in place”, or moving towards community-based support services as opposed to care homes.

(Photo: SCMP’s Dickson Lee)

20 years, 20 people: educator Noel Ho Ching-man

June 23, 2017

Educator Noel Ho, who joined the education industry in 1994, has witnessed a surge in Hong Kong students opting to study abroad since the handover.  She wants the city to restore harmony after years of social tension.

20 years, 20 people: children’s show host Helen Tam Yuk-ying

June 26, 2017

Helen Tam Yuk-ying had been a child show host for over 30 years, several generations of Hongkongers grew up watching her show. In an interview with SCMP, Tam talked about the changes she witnessed in the last 20 years - in our society and in our youngsters.