Lingnan University holds Jockey Club Age-friendly City Project Public Forum
The Asia-Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies (APIAS) organised a public forum underscoring the theme of “Enhancing Social Participation, From Young to Old” on 26 June. The aim was to explore the challenges and opportunities of enhancing social participation in Hong Kong.
The opening ceremony of the forum was performed by Mr Leong Cheung, Executive Director, Charities and Community, The Hong Kong Jockey Club and Dr Law Chi-kwong, Secretary for Labour and Welfare.
Jockey Club Age-friendly City Project (JCAFC) was initiated and funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust (The Trust) in 2015 to address the challenges of ageing population in Hong Kong in partnership with four gerontology research institutes in Hong Kong. The JCAFC team adopts a bottom-up and district-based approach, joining hands with various stakeholders in the community to build Hong Kong into an age-friendly city which can cater for the needs of all ages. This forum is the third open forum since the project was launched.
Between July 2015 and September 2017, the JCAFC team conducted baseline assessment studies to measure the age-friendliness of 18 districts in Hong Kong. The study, involving more than 9,700 questionnaires and around 740 respondents in 91 focus groups, revealed that “Social Participation” was one of the highest scores among the eight domains of age-friendliness identified by the World Health Organization. The other seven domains are “Outdoor Spaces & Buildings”, “Transportation”, “Housing”, “Respect & Social Inclusion”, “Civic Participation & Employment”, “Communication & Information” and “Community Support & Health Services”.
Apart from speeches and panel discussion, exhibition booths were set up along with the forum to introduce JCAFC and age-friendly concept, as well as share information and best practices of other countries in promoting age-friendly community, and provide activity information on social participation.
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