Aging in Hong Kong

A Comparative Perspective

  • Jean Woo

Part of the International Perspectives on Aging book series (Int. Perspect. Aging, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Jean Woo
    Pages 1-4
  3. P. H. Chau, Jean Woo, M. K. Gusmano, V. G. Rodwin
    Pages 5-30
  4. P. H. Chau, Moses Wong, Jean Woo
    Pages 31-67
  5. Benise Mak, Jean Woo
    Pages 69-91
  6. Jill Wilson, Cheryl Tilse, Wing Hong Chui, Deborah Setterlund, Heng Choon (Oliver) Chan, Jean Woo
    Pages 93-114
  7. Jean Woo, P. H. Chau, Benise Mak
    Pages 157-181
  8. Jean Woo, P. H. Chau, Benise Mak
    Pages 211-234
  9. Jean Woo
    Pages 235-256
  10. Benise Mak, P. H. Chau, Jean Woo
    Pages 257-268
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 269-280

About this book


With the longest life expectancy for men and the second longest for women, Hong Kong typifies our planet’s aging population. The daily lives of its older adults closely match the advantages and disadvantages experienced by urban elders in other developed countries. For these reasons, Hong Kong’s elderly serve as a salient guide to older people’s social, psychological, and healthcare needs—concerns of increasing importance as the world grows older. Aging in Hong Kong examines this emblematic population as a case study specifically in comparison with their counterparts in the West, shedding light on diverse, interrelated currents in the aging experience. Referencing numerous international studies, the book contrasts different health service arrangements and social factors and relates them to a variety of health outcomes. Its wide-ranging coverage documents health and illness trends, reviews age-friendly policy initiatives, relates health literacy to patients’ active role in their own care, and discusses elders as an underserved group in the division of limited health funding and resources. This multiple focus draws readers’ attention to policies that need revisiting or retooling as chapters analyze major life areas including: Living environment. Retirement and post-retirement employment issues. Financial asset management. Health literacy regarding aging issues. Elder-positive service delivery models. Ageism in the prioritization of healthcare. End-of-life issues. By assembling such a wealth of data on its subject, Aging in Hong Kong puts ongoing challenges into clear focus for gerontologists, sociologists, health and cross-cultural psychologists, public health policymakers, and others involved in improving the quality of elders’ lives.


Aging in Asia Aging in Hong Kong Aging populations Cadenza Projects Demography Elder friendly planning Elder-Friendly World Cities Initiative Gerontology Healthy aging Quality of life Services for the elderly Social policy Support networks

Editors and affiliations

  • Jean Woo
    • 1
  1. 1.The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Department of Medicine and TherapeuticsPrince of Wales HospitalShatin NTHong Kong SAR

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