Development of age-friendly environments is one of the strategic objectives in WHO's Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health. An initiative to achieve this is to support and create platforms for sharing the diverse voices of older people and improve awareness on the value of experience and knowledge from living and working with different generations, ages and socio-economic backgrounds.
In Hong Kong, ageing population is associated with diversifying profile of older people in terms of their years of living, socio-economic status, educational level, as well as their aspirations to participate in the community. It calls for changes in different sectors in the society such as planning and infrastructure in the communities, business products and service for older people as well as research directions to understand the wellbeing of elders. Participation by older people is vital in the process and successful outcomes.
The Institute has established the Network of Ageing Well for All (NAWA) to foster older people in building an age-friendly Hong Kong. Similar to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), it serves as a platform for older people from all strata to create social impact for betterment of the community so that their voice can be heard.
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The aims of the Network are:
> To maintain elder's active role in lifelong learning, volunteering and employment;
> To empower elder to have a strong voice about their needs; and
> To help build age-friendliness in their living communities.
ALL are welcome to join the NAWA free-of-charge:
> Individual who has an interest on ageing issues > Retired or soon-to-retire older people > NGOs and social enterprises related to elderly service > Business organizations related to older people
The Institute has received funding from the Elderly Commission to set up an “Elder Academy” at CUHK. The CUHK Elder Academy will hold a series of activities for elders. For more information, please go to this link.