By Jean Woo (auth.), Jean Woo (eds.)
With the longest lifestyles expectancy for males and the second one longest for girls, Hong Kong typifies our planet’s getting older inhabitants. The day-by-day lives of its older adults heavily fit the benefits and downsides skilled through city elders in different constructed nations. For those purposes, Hong Kong’s aged function a salient consultant to older people’s social, mental, and healthcare needs—concerns of accelerating significance because the international grows older.
Aging in Hong Kong examines this emblematic inhabitants as a case learn particularly compared to their opposite numbers within the West, laying off mild on varied, interrelated currents within the getting older event. Referencing various overseas reviews, the booklet contrasts diverse wellbeing and fitness provider preparations and social elements and relates them to a number of well-being results. Its wide-ranging assurance files future health and sickness tendencies, experiences age-friendly coverage tasks, relates healthiness literacy to sufferers’ lively position of their personal care, and discusses elders as an underserved crew within the department of restricted overall healthiness investment and assets. This a number of concentration attracts readers’ consciousness to guidelines that want revisiting or retooling as chapters examine significant lifestyles components including:
- Living environment.
- Retirement and post-retirement employment issues.
- Financial asset management.
- Health literacy concerning getting older issues.
- Elder-positive carrier supply models.
- Ageism within the prioritization of healthcare.
- End-of-life issues.
By assembling the sort of wealth of information on its topic, Aging in Hong Kong places ongoing demanding situations into transparent concentration for gerontologists, sociologists, healthiness and cross-cultural psychologists, public well-being policymakers, and others keen on enhancing the standard of elders’ lives.
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Additional resources for Aging in Hong Kong: A Comparative Perspective
World Health Organization. int/ageing/en. Accessed 12 Jan 2012 WHO (2011b) Emergencies and older people. World Health Organization. html. Accessed 12 Jan 2012 Woo J, Mak B, Cheng JO, Choy E (2011) Identifying service needs from the users and service providers’ perspective: a focus group study of Chinese elders, health and social care professionals. J Clin Nurs 20(23–24):3463–3471. H. Chau, Moses Wong, and Jean Woo Abstract Apart from personal factors, the living environment constitutes the other major group of factors that contribute to aging well.
Other Challenges Apart from the demographic, financial, health, and social care challenges that affect the daily lives of the seniors, there are hidden challenges associated with emergency situations. Emergency situations in a world city include fires, heat wave, cold spells, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunami, ice storm, and even nuclear power plant event (such as the case in Tokyo). The WHO states that older people are one of the most seriously affected groups in emergency situations which are increasing globally (WHO 2011b).
8 Path analysis model of frailty index (log transformed). Risk factors: age and sex are also adjusted. H. Chau et al. 052)* Fig. 9 Path analysis model of death. Risk factors age and sex are also adjusted. 05 SES Socioeconomic Status; DQI Diet Quality Index; PASE Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly examined (Wong et al. 2009b). A secondary analysis of a database from the HA which covers 98 % (N = 243,245) of the total registered deaths in Hong Kong during 1999–2005 was carried out. Deaths at age 65 years and above contributed to 76% of the total registered deaths and 184,671 deaths from this group were included in the analysis.
Aging in Hong Kong: A Comparative Perspective by Jean Woo (auth.), Jean Woo (eds.)