Knowledge Exchange Award

Faculty Knowledge Exchange (KE) Award 2014

 

The project “Promoting Ageing-in-Place for Elderly Tenant in Rental Housing Estates of Hong Kong Housing Society” has been selected by the Faculty Knowledge Exchange (KE) Award Selection Committee to receive the Faculty KE Award 2014 under the Faculty of Social Sciences. The Committee was impressed given its knowledge transfer, community engagement and impact. The project has already successfully demonstrated community impact given that the Hong Kong Housing Society (HKHS) has already successfully piloted an ageing-in-place project in Cho Yiu Chuen public housing estate and agreed to roll out the project in 11 other public housing estates in 2014. The HKHS’s decision to expand the project and positive feedback from elderly residents in Cho Yiu Chuen both demonstrate strong engagement with the community and partner organization. In addition to the strong community impact, the project also made a strong contribution to HKU’s knowledge on the subject.

 

Knowledge Exchange Award Presentation Ceremony (March 30, 2015)
(From left): Professor Paul Tam, Dr. Terry Lum. Dr. Vivian Lou, Dr. Ernest Chui

 

Further KE work:

During July 16, 2014 to June 30, 2015,

1. the team recruited 16 retired older people to be health educators to deliver the health reports to the elderly residents in the 12 public housing estates of HKHS. The employment of the retired older people is key productive ageing activity.

2. the team also conducted grip strength tests with the 1,700 elderly residents in these housing estates. Grip strength measure is one of the easiest and simplest ways to predict deteriorating health.

3. our team members delivered health talks in these estates to promote the concept and importance of “health saving” for both physical health and mental health. About 360 elderly residents participated in the talks.