With some of the longest life expectancies in the world, Hong Kong faces important questions around how the elderly can be supported to empower them to live productively and with dignity1. In a recent survey, HSBC Life, in collaboration with Economist Impact, explored people’s attitudes toward the role of technology in enabling them to age proactively, while also looking at the barriers impeding their digital adoption.
We talked to two successful slashies, Mr Lawrence Cheng and Ms Deborah Woo, to get their views on how tech and apps can help the silver hair tribe enjoy their golden years, and what we can do to ensure elderly = tech-savvy! (Only Cantonese with English subtitle available)
Hong Kong has the world's longest average life expectancy. In 2019, life expectancy averaged 82.4 years for men and 88.2 years for women.2 How will people spend these additional years of old age? More importantly, will Hong Kong's elderly be able to lead their lives in dignity with self-respect? The Economist Intelligence Unit, sponsored by HSBC Life, conducted a consumer survey in Hong Kong about the preparedness of "Productive Ageing".
We invited the slashies -- Mr Lawrence Cheng, Ms Deborah Woo and Mr & Mrs Yan (volunteers of Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service) to share the tips on how to live a productive ageing life. Let’s break the mould of productive ageing!
In view of the growing impact of dementia on working caregivers as well as the larger community, HSBC Life has again collaborated with the Sau Po Centre on Ageing at The University of Hong Kong and The Women’s Foundation this year in a study entitled "Working dementia caregivers: Challenges & Needs" 3. The study indicates that caregivers face serious challenges when taking care of dementia care recipients.
Initiated by The Women’s Foundation and joined by Sau Po Centre on Ageing at The University of Hong Kong and HSBC Life who together share a common vision and mission of "Eldercare is our Life Time Promise", the three organisations have come together to conduct a study on eldercare to understand and qualify the need and cost of eldercare in Hong Kong today and in just over 40 years' time. The study aims to find out how many Hong Kong people are giving and receiving eldercare now and in the future, and the subsequent cost to society, employers and individuals.
The Women’s Foundation exists to promote the full and equal participation of women and girls in all aspects of Hong Kong society, by engaging in research, programmes, education and advocacy to drive measurable change.
Sau Po Centre on Ageing ("CoA") at The University of Hong Kong is a leading research centre on gerontology in greater China and in the Asian Pacific region. The Centre has been playing a crucial role in shaping policy directions and best practice models for long-term care, mental health, aging in-place, family caregiving, meaningful aging, age-friendly community and gerontechnology over the past decades.
Economist Impact ("EI") is the thought leadership, research and analysis division of The Economist Group and the world leader in global business intelligence for executives. EI covers novel and forward-looking perspectives with access to over 650 expert analysts and editors across 200 countries worldwide.
"Eldercare Study 2022 – Tech redefines ageing" is sponsored by:
As a leading insurer in Hong Kong, HSBC Life is committed to relieve the burden of eldercare through public-private partnership. We have also developed an innovative supplementary benefit to improve Hongkonger’s financial futures, specifically to provide assistance to dementia patients and their caregivers.
Dementia has now become quite a common health issue for elderly people in Hong Kong. We now provide a new rider “Dementia Protection” as an optional supplementary benefit (“Supplementary Benefit”) of our HSBC Flourish Income Annuity Plan to help alleviate you or your designated dementia benefit recipient’s potential financial burden if the life insured is unfortunately diagnosed with severe dementia:
Note: The Dementia Protection is an optional supplementary benefit requiring additional premiums. It is not applicable to policies paid by aggregate premium and policies with 1-year accumulation period. It can only be enrolled together with the application for the basic plan by any life insured aged2 between 55 and 70 years. Please refer to the Policy Provisions of the Supplementary Benefit for detailed terms, conditions and exclusions.
An annuity plan with 3 years' premium payment period and steady monthly annuity payments after 1 or 3 years for your retirement years.
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Learn more about dementia’s syndromes, preventive tips, caretaking techniques and community support for dementia sufferers and their caretakers.
The above plans are life insurance plan underwritten by HSBC Life (International) Limited. Policyholders are subject to the credit risk of HSBC Life and early surrender loss.
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Dementia has now become a very common health issue for elderly people in Hong Kong, with prevalence rates of dementia estimated to be at 5%-8% among persons aged over 65, and at 20%-30% among those aged over 801. The number of people suffering from dementia is also estimated to increase more than double in 20 years’ time2.
HSBC Life is committed to raise awareness of early dementia screening so as to mitigate the impact of dementia on both patients and their caregivers.
We are the first insurer in Hong Kong to collaborate with Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service (HKLSS) in providing dementia risk screening service, powered by the “Automatic Retinal Image Analysis – Assessment on the Risk of Cognitive impairment” (“ARIA”). We are also sponsoring sensory toys for elderly people, which will be placed in HKLSS elderly centers to support the community.
With distress surrounding the surging cost of Eldercare, the disadvantage groups are in need of the support from both Public and Private sector. In order to promote early prevention of cognitive health issue and address the public health needs, HSBC Life is sponsoring 500 free quota of ARIA cognitive health risk screening and Health Advice of Dementia consultation to the community through HKLSS.
By taking the ARIA test, beneficiary will be able to get the risk index projection of Dementia in a fast manner. In case of any cognitive health issue found, preventive measures can be taken in time. Followed by the health advice provided by qualified nurse of HKLSS, beneficiaries will be able to better understand about what is Dementia and how to deal with it in terms of biological, psychological, sociocultural and environmental aspects.
This year, HSBC Life and HKLSS joined forces again to provide necessities as immediate relief to 800 households with elderly suffering from dementia and 1,200 caregivers to support their holistic well-being amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to a Necessity Kit containing essential food items, basic toiletries and epidemic prevention materials, each eligible household will receive a Care Treasure Pack that gives access to online cognitive training modules, covering a diverse range of topics from cognitive training toy, home exercise, horticulture therapy, DIY healthy snacks to hand-made epidemic prevention materials to encourage interaction between the elderly with dementia and their caregivers. Activities such as cognitive training are common treatment modalities for people with dementia by helping delay their physical and cognitive decline. The interaction involved also helps improve their relationship with caregivers, relieve caring stress and ultimately enhance the quality of life for all.
A home-grown Hong Kong innovation, ARIA is a cognitive health risk assessment approach for people with no cognitive impairment. The test could provide results similar to vascular dementia detection conducted by brain MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) but in a cheaper and faster manner. The entire screening3 process takes around 15 minutes during which retinal images will be taken for both eyes and uploaded to a central data processing system4 to give a risk index projection.
HSBC Life fully supports mass screening via ARIA risk assessments and will sponsor ARIA machines. HKLSS estimates that 2,500 - 3,000 people will be benefited each year.
Interactive toys and games are effective in preventing further deterioration of dementia. Hence, HSBC Life is also sponsoring 1,000 sensory toys for the elderly to be placed in five HKLSS elderly centers, and to the needy families which have to take care of dementia patients. These toys are designed to provide cognitive exercises for adults with a view to helping them keep their minds sharp and alert while reducing the risk of having age-related dementia.
Established in 1977, Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service has 40 centres in Hong Kong offering a wide range of community care services for people with different needs, including home and day care centres for the elderly.