The government needs to adopt a more comprehensive approach that goes far beyond the promised US$2,500 cash handout to new parents if it wants to truly foster a baby boom in Hong Kong.
‘I have to stop. If not, I may get addicted to it,’ says Sherra Ho, 66, after taking part in a Cantonese opera ‘battle’ with help of technology at Gerotech and Innovation Expo.
Deputy chief secretary says ageing population’s increased spending power meant demand for more sophisticated services the private sector could provide.
Tomoko Horino, who started working for a cosmetics company in the 1960s, has raked in more than US$835,000 over her career – and she still nails her sales goals.
Neuroscientist Mark Mattson explains how intermittent fasting may promote brain health and protect against diseases such as Alzheimer’s, with tips on how to begin and how long to fast for.
Case of mentally disabled adult brothers found dead at home shows ‘safety net needs to be tightened’, experts say.
UN world health body launches an international commission to tackle loneliness, which it calls a global health threat. A study linking loneliness to early death says loved ones’ visits lower the risk.
Chinese University study finds most of life expectancy gained between 2007 and 2020 spent with disabilities, and proportion spent in good health substantially lower in older women than in older men.
Depression is not contagious, but can affect you if you look after someone with the condition, a psychiatrist says. A Singapore lawyer with depression, and her fiancé, stress the need for self-care.
China’s rapidly ageing population is an opportunity that ‘needs to seized’, not a demographic crisis, according to Justin Lin.
Convincing Chinese people, especially the working class, to save more for retirement has been a daunting task, with many reluctant to invest in financial products offered in the year-old private pension fund.
Your eyesight can affect your mental health, according to a recent study, which found a link between vision problems and increased risk of dementia. Experts advise getting your eyes checked regularly.
How to lose weight? Doctor, YouTuber and stand-up comedian ‘Dr Pal’ uses humour to spread his message about fasting, eating mindfully and getting rid of excess belly fat.
Covid-19 restrictions speeded up brain deterioration in people over 50, a long-term study of over 3,000 subjects has found, raising ‘important questions’ about their increased risk of dementia.
Life education group Arts’ Options gives drama training to over-55s in Hong Kong, and hopes to form the city’s first professional older-age acting troupe. Participants gain self-worth and new skills.
South Korea’s migrant programme is under scrutiny for what critics say is failure to guarantee safe working conditions.
Subsidised rural homes for elderly Chinese residents, rather than traditional nursing homes, ‘could solve 80 to 90 per cent of the problems in rural elder care’, but the infirmed are still worrisome outliers.
‘Every care team has to reach the key performance indicators,’ home affairs minister Alice Mak says.
A region in southwestern China will become the second in the country to add in vitro fertilisation to its public health insurance, one policy among many being tested by localities to mitigate a precipitous drop in births.
Industrial robotics, already experiencing tremendous growth as firms in China adopt the technology for their production lines, could also be part of the solution to the country’s much talked about demographic crisis.
Single mother Moon Li says not being able to get surgery for intense back pain has left her in despair.
Readers discuss the need for a wider rethink of population policy, and children’s well-being.
At a public symposium on China’s demographic challenges, economists and policy researchers offer candid assessments of what the nation has truly lost as births plummet.
Top government adviser Regina Ip says health minister’s words are a medical argument lacking ‘empathy and compassion’ for women.
City leader’s policy blueprint calls for community care teams to identify carers and elderly in need of welfare services and offers cash to disabled residents holding jobs.
Government to give parents HK$20,000 handout for each newborn, easier access to subsidised housing and tax incentives to tackle record low birth rate.
Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen started Hilarity for Charity after her mother developed Alzheimer’s. The charity pays for professionals to relieve family carers and teaches young people about the disease.