By Jean Woo (auth.), Jean Woo (eds.)
With the longest existence expectancy for males and the second one longest for ladies, Hong Kong typifies our planet’s getting older inhabitants. The day-by-day lives of its older adults heavily fit the benefits and drawbacks skilled through city elders in different constructed international locations. For those purposes, Hong Kong’s aged function a salient advisor to older people’s social, mental, and healthcare needs—concerns of accelerating value because the global grows older.
Aging in Hong Kong examines this emblematic inhabitants as a case research in particular compared to their opposite numbers within the West, laying off mild on different, interrelated currents within the getting older event. Referencing quite a few overseas experiences, the ebook contrasts assorted health and wellbeing carrier preparations and social components and relates them to quite a few well-being results. Its wide-ranging assurance files health and wellbeing and disorder traits, stories age-friendly coverage tasks, relates future health literacy to sufferers’ lively position of their personal care, and discusses elders as an underserved staff within the department of constrained overall healthiness investment and assets. This a number of concentration attracts readers’ consciousness to guidelines that desire revisiting or retooling as chapters research significant lifestyles components including:
- Living environment.
- Retirement and post-retirement employment issues.
- Financial asset management.
- Health literacy relating to getting older issues.
- Elder-positive provider supply models.
- Ageism within the prioritization of healthcare.
- End-of-life issues.
By assembling the sort of wealth of knowledge on its topic, Aging in Hong Kong places ongoing demanding situations into transparent concentration for gerontologists, sociologists, wellbeing and fitness and cross-cultural psychologists, public future health policymakers, and others thinking about bettering the standard of elders’ lives.
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Meanwhile, the public hospital system of New York City is operated by the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), which covers almost 20% of the total admissions in the city to acute hospital beds. Similar to the HA in Hong Kong, the HHC in New York City is also responsible for outpatient services and emergency departments. H. Chau et al. 8 (under NHS) centers in Hong Kong are operated by Department of Health, while the private sector and the Hospital Authority provide clinic services for all ages.
Aging in Hong Kong: A Comparative Perspective by Jean Woo (auth.), Jean Woo (eds.)