Message from the Director

 

A warm welcome to you from Vivian W. Q. Lou Director of Sau Po Centre on Ageing, The University of Hong Kong

 


Welcome to Sau Po Centre on Ageing (COA). As the Director of COA, I hope our website can show you what we have been doing in COA and our vision in the promotion of well-being of our seniors.


Hong Kong has been an aging society since 1990s. It is estimated that in 2041, 30% of our population will be aged 65 or above. At the same time, the elderly dependency ratio is projected to rise to 497, which will represent a 1.94 times increase as compared with that in 2011. We believe that this demographic change will bring challenges as well as opportunities.


In picturing ourselves in a society in the year of 2041, we are more passionate than ever in contributing new and effective solutions that are highly sensitive to the needs of older adults, their families, and the communities at large so that all will benefit from the advances in knowledge. We are very proud to have an energetic research team in COA with shared vision and an excellent academic network with multidisciplinary professional expertise. It is indeed our great honor to have established strong partnerships with our local stakeholders and peers in other world-acclaimed institutes. We are also taking a leading role in educating and mentoring the next generation of social gerontologists and health professionals through our Master of Social Sciences (Gerontology) and research postgraduate programs.


One of the objectives of COA is to contribute synergistic and high impact knowledge that will pave the way to ageing research that focuses on interventions and policies which are empowerment-oriented, family-based, and culturally sensitive. Not only do we aim to achieve optimal independency of older adults at the individual and family level; we also aspire to foster an age-friendly environment in the community and organizational level. We believe that through constructive collaboration with our seniors and community stakeholders, our research excellence will be able to create valuable social impacts on our local community. It is also through such partnerships that a solid base can fruitfully be formed to exchange knowledge with international scholars in the field of healthy ageing.


We hope that you enjoy your visit to our website and find it informative. We value your participation and do let us know how we could make our website better.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Vivian W. Q. Lou

Director, Sau Po Centre on Ageing
Associate Professor, Department of Social Work & Social Administration
Program Director, Master of Social Sciences (Gerontology)
(September 2015)