International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) Congress 2017
Mr Leong Cheung, Executive Director, Charities and Community of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, led a delegation (including professional support teams of Jockey Club Age-friendly City Project) to attend the 21st IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics in July 2017 in San Francisco, USA. With the theme of “Global Aging and Health: Bridging Science, Policy and Practice”, the Congress attracted over 6,000 participants from more than 75 countries all over the world to exchange knowledge and experience in gerontology and geriatric field.
To facilitate knowledge transfer, an exhibition booth had been set up during the Congress to introduce the Elderly Strategy of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust and its flagship elderly programmes including the Jockey Club Age-friendly City Project through distribution of leaflets and research reports to visitors. Findings of baseline assessment studies on age-friendliness in the eight pilot districts of Hong Kong were also shared with other international scholars through poster presentation in a symposium session entitled “Active Ageing in Asia: Community Care Policies and Programs in Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and Singapore”.
Delegation members also visited three elderly services units (namely On Lok Site, San Francisco Village and Guest House of Zen Hospice Project) to learn more about the primary care model for ageing in place, service model for making use of social capital in the neighbourhood, as well as end-of-life care services. The delegation gained fruitful insights from the visits.
Poster on the baseline assessment findings across the eight pilot districts presented in the IAGG Congress