The health effects of loneliness are equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day, a recent study found. Hong Kong needs to take a holistic approach to the health and well-being of its elderly, not just treat disease, a new report says. Photo: James Wendlinger

The big picture on health care for the elderly that Hong Kong is missing – it’s quality of life that matters, not how long people live

  • City authorities lack the strategic vision to ensure policies and initiatives are integrated to prevent illness effectively, new report by UK centre finds
  • Diet, loneliness and environment are neglected by a public hospital system focused on curing disease but which will never keep up with demand for its services
Topic |   Health and wellness

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The health effects of loneliness are equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day, a recent study found. Hong Kong needs to take a holistic approach to the health and well-being of its elderly, not just treat disease, a new report says. Photo: James Wendlinger
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