Hong Kong: Embracing a fast aging society with limited welfare

Sheung-Tak CHENG, Terry LUM, Chiu Wa Linda LAM, Helene Hoi Lam FUNG

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With a noninterventionist government and an ideology emphasizing family self-reliance, yet one of the oldest populations around the world, Hong Kong faces many unresolved policy issues in aging, including public financial support, long-term care, and the lack of health or mental health care policies for older people. Despite funding limitations, research is vibrant and population aging is drawing more researchers into the field. Following a review of some of the major research activities, we conclude with some observations on a few key issues for the field of gerontology to move forward with in Hong Kong. Copyright © 2013 The Author.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)527-533
JournalThe Gerontologist
Issue number4
Early online dateMar 2013
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013


Cheng, S.-T., Lum, T., Lam, L. C. W., & Fung, H. H. (2013). Hong Kong: Embracing a fast aging society with limited welfare. The Gerontologist, 53(4), 527-533.


  • International spotlight
  • Medicine/medical/geriatrics (general issues)
  • Public policy
  • Psychology of aging/psychiatry age


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