The “Jockey Club Age-friendly City Project” comprises the following major components :
1. The AgeWatch Index for Hong Kong
The Global AgeWatch Index is a multi-dimensional index assessing the social and economic well-being of older people, which measures the progress of policy and practice on ageing population. Jockey Club Institute of Ageing of The Chinese University of Hong Kong has started to develop a local AgeWatch Index (“Index”) for Hong Kong annually for five consecutive years and the first Index was announced in July 2015. The Index will help identify areas for improvement and facilitate project planning for turning Hong Kong into an age-friendly city.
2. Comprehensive Support Scheme for Districts
To spread the momentum of building an age-friendly city and create sustainable impacts on local communities, a Comprehensive Support Scheme for Districts (“Scheme”) has been piloted since 2015 in eight districts, namely Sha Tin, Tai Po, Central and Western, Wan Chai, Islands, Tsuen Wan, Kowloon City, and Kwun Tong. The Project has been extended to all 18 districts of Hong Kong since 2017, covering the other 10 districts, namely Kwai Tsing, North, Sai Kung, Eastern, Southern, Wong Tai Sin, Tuen Mun, Yuen Long, Sham Shui Po and Yau Tsim Mong.
Four gerontology research institutes of local universities have formed professional support teams to provide support and advice to districts to launch an age-friendly movement to engage relevant stakeholders and improve age-friendliness of districts.
- Baseline assessments and professional support: A common framework of assessment has been developed to measure the age-friendliness of districts and identify areas of improvement. Professional support teams will prepare a baseline assessment report for each district and guide the District Council concerned to develop a three-year action plan and will support District Councils in taking forward age-friendly initiatives. The professional support teams also provide training to older people and other stakeholders in districts to enhance their understanding of age-friendly city concepts and encourage them to become Ambassadors to spread age-friendly messages in the community.
- District-based programmes: The Trust will provide funding to each district for implementing district-based programmes to build up the momentum of age-friendly city at community level.
3. Publicity and Public Education
The Trust will implement territory-wide publicity and public education activities in collaboration with District Councils, professional support teams of universities and district organisations. RTHK Radio 5 has been engaged as a media partner to raise public awareness on promoting active ageing and building an age-friendly city.
Evaluation of district-based programmes and that of the entire Project will be conducted. Best practices on building an age-friendly city will be consolidated and shared among various districts.
The Project components are summarised as below :