Hong Kong plans for a city that’s growing older

HONG KONG — For decades, this city of more than 7 million has been one of Asia’s most dynamic places, filled with a youthful energy that drove rapid growth in both the population and the local economy. Planners here still see Hong Kong that way. But they also are looking at the long-term trends, and grappling with a force they cannot stop: Hong Kong is getting older. … Continue reading Hong Kong plans for a city that’s growing older

Open Your Eyes: A Journey from Darkness to Sight

Open Your Eyes is a recently produced documentary on the impact of cataract surgery in Nepal. The film shows the transformation of health-related quality of life for older adults with access to medical care. In the film, Manisara and Durga make the long journey to get cataract surgery. Both husband and wife are blind and depend on family members for their most basic needs. Despite … Continue reading Open Your Eyes: A Journey from Darkness to Sight

One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment

One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment by Mei Fong presents a compelling analysis of the impact of China’s “One-Child Policy” on older adults. The one-child policy, a compelling story of population control for economic growth, has long term implications that are only now apparent. Fong describes the challenges of a rapidly aging population as she focuses on families who are struggling to … Continue reading One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment

Japan Confronts Crime Wave With Aging Population

“It wasn’t great to get caught, but I just didn’t give a damn…” Fumio Kageyama A crime wave among older people is underway in the world’s greyest nation. Just last year in Japan, the number of criminals over 65 overtook the number of teenage criminals for the first time since the country started publishing age-related crime statistics in 1989. Over a third of shoplifting crimes … Continue reading Japan Confronts Crime Wave With Aging Population

The Not-so-Novel Concept of Elderly Homes in Asia

Old age homes are no longer a taboo! The waiting lists of nursing homes in Korea are at three times their capacity and the number of elder care homes in Nanjing, China has increased from 27 in 1990 and 52 in 2000 to 148 in 2009! In Asia, people are seeing a shift in the traditional roles for elderly care. Changes in family structure, urbanization, … Continue reading The Not-so-Novel Concept of Elderly Homes in Asia

Elderly Refugees: The Experiences of Cambodian populations under the Khmer Rouge

War, natural disaster and fear of persecution often result in the tragic displacement of people far away from their homes. These people, refugees, live in uncertainty and under significant psychological and physical stress. Among these refugees are the elderly who are a particularly vulnerable group. Aging is not limited to disease and disability, but also the sudden change and a loss of belonging. The experiences … Continue reading Elderly Refugees: The Experiences of Cambodian populations under the Khmer Rouge