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  • 05/2014

    Improving Services for the Elderly in Hong Kong

    Hong Kong is becoming an ageing society at a fast pace: 14% (1.02 million people) of the population in 2012 are aged 65 or older; by 2041 according to  a projection by the government, that number will shot up to 30% or 2.56  million people. Comprehensive services for the elderly rank high on the list of concerns for Hong Kong community and Hong Kong government.

    In order to gain a better understanding of the growing needs brought
     about  by an ageing Hong Kong, Ms. Annie CHEN, a member of the second generation  of the Thomas Chen Family and a member of ZeShan Foundation’s Grants  Committee, hosted a “ZeShan Foundation Philanthropy Forum” roundtable  discussion in early April, which was attended by representatives from  private foundations, service organizations, research institutions, social  enterprises and concerned philanthropists.

    The featured speaker, Professor CHAN Cheung Ming Alfred, Chair of the Elderly Commission and Director of Asia-Pacific Institute of Ageing
     Studies at Lingnan University opined that support from private foundations for pilot projects can be instrumental for developing innovative service models and formulating enlightened policy agenda through effective advocacy. Prof. CHAN suggested forging a strong public-private partnership among government entities, private and corporate funders, service providers and concerned groups in order to effectively leverage resources and create synergy. Mrs. Mabel LEE, Board member of Simon K.Y. Lee Foundation and Ms. Bella LUK, Executive Director of Helping Hand shared their experience in developing and scaling up innovative projects to enhance elderly services in selected communities. Ms. Doris LEUNG, Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Cab, an award-winning social enterprise, shared the group’s lessons in creating impact through social innovation.

    Moderated by Mr. Timothy MA, Executive Director of Project Flame, participants examined catalytic roles the philanthropic sector may
     play in creating impact in the development of elderly services. There’s a general consensus that there are great opportunities for collaboration across sectors in the elderly service field.

    Building on the momentum of the roundtable discussion, an ad-hoc working
     group has been formed to develop follow-up steps and put suggestions into action.