Despite having one of the highest life expectancy in the world, Hong Kong was ranked poorly in areas of well-being in ageing such as social connections, psychological well-being, income security and poverty rate.
Negative perceptions towards ageing predominate our society, where unfavorable associations such as “dependency” or “burden” are reinforced through stereotypes and magnified by the media, appearing to result in an increasing friction between generations. Often neglected is that ageing individuals are also agents with autonomy capable of being decision-makers.
To address the problems around ageing, we can begin by examining and changing common perceptions and narratives on ageing, and furthermore by enhancing inter-generational solidarity, engaging new actor types and testing new approaches to foster holistic well-being among the ageing population.
The Hong Kong Funders’ Network on Ageing Well (“the Network”) was established in April 2016 to facilitate communication among private foundations whose scope correspondingly extended across issues around ageing. It is the first issue-specific foundations’ platform in Hong Kong, originally formed in response to discussions raised at the “Creating Sustainable Public-Private Partnership for Ageing Population in Hong Kong” Conference in November 2015 and “Improving Services for the Elderly in Hong Kong” Roundtable Discussion in April 2014.
The Network was initiated by ZeShan Foundation, which continues to support the secretariat and administration of the collective.