The number of seniors living alone in Hong Kong has soared significantly by 54.3 per cent over a decade to 152,536 in 2016. Photo: AFPThe number of seniors living alone in Hong Kong has soared significantly by 54.3 per cent over a decade to 152,536 in 2016. Photo: AFP
The number of seniors living alone in Hong Kong has soared significantly by 54.3 per cent over a decade to 152,536 in 2016. Photo: AFP

Dementia, poverty or a cry for attention? Shoplifting cases among Hong Kong’s elderly on the rise

Study finds shoplifting by the elderly three times more likely to happen in 2016 than in 2001, with social welfare experts attributing results to poverty, loneliness and illnesses such as dementia

Topic |   Ageing society
The number of seniors living alone in Hong Kong has soared significantly by 54.3 per cent over a decade to 152,536 in 2016. Photo: AFPThe number of seniors living alone in Hong Kong has soared significantly by 54.3 per cent over a decade to 152,536 in 2016. Photo: AFP
The number of seniors living alone in Hong Kong has soared significantly by 54.3 per cent over a decade to 152,536 in 2016. Photo: AFP
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