The Sau Po Centre on Ageing is a leading research centre on gerontology in greater China and in the Asian Pacific region.  A distinguished identity has been successfully established through joint efforts of our interdisciplinary team and solid partnerships with diversified stakeholders. We have been playing a crucial role in shaping policy directions and best practice models on long-term care, mental health, aging in-place, family caregiving, meaningful aging, age-friendly community over the past decades. The Centre is well recognized as an independent and professional research institute with high academic research output and significant social impact to the ageing population, in echo of the University’s ‘3+1 Is’.



The Centre

  • has been directly contracted or sponsored to undertake a total of 36 research projects with total external funding $66,460,000 by Government, charitable organizations and NGOs.
  • has published 92 journal articles, 85 conference papers or presentations, 13 books authored/ book chapters; and some were in top journals over the past five years.
  • has contributed to professional capacity building through organizing educational programmes to cater the needs of continuing education of the social service sector.
  • has a Leading Role to in shaping the long-term care policy-making and programmes in Hong Kong, and developing different models to cater the needs of the communityTo name a few,

    • Standardized Care Need Assessment Mechanism for Elderly Services
    • Community Care Service Voucher for the Elderly
    • Project to enhance the infrastructure of the long-term care system
    • Technology assisted training programme for professional assessment using interRAI assessment tools


The Centre closely collaborates with members from multidisciplines, such as

Geriatricians,Nurses, Gerontologists, Sociologists, Social workers, Policy researchers, Psychologists, Physiotherapists, Occupational therapists, Biomedical scientists, Engineers, Neurosciences, Sport scientists, etc.



The Centre has successfully developed evidence-based intervention and empowerment-based models for different elderly studiesTo name a few,

  • Age-in-place model (which is adopted by Hong Kong Housing Society to implement in its public housing estates)
  • A Two-Tier Care Management Program to Empower Stroke Caregivers in Hong Kong
  • Spirituality Scale of Chinese Elders and Intervention protocol of the Spirituality Enhancement Group for Chinese Elders
  • Protocols and curriculum of GrandMove Training and O-Coach Scheme



The Centre 

  • is a host of the only two interRAI local fellows, is the hub for researchers and practitioners on purposing high quality care through big data.
  • has been hosting various international seminars on topics of long-term care, dementia care, family caregiving, cross-border elderly care, healthy and active ageing, productive and positive ageing, etc
  • is well partnered with local and overseas ageing centresTo name a few:
    • Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging, Washington University in St. Louis
    • Institute of Gerontology, King's College London
    • University of Lapland doctoral school in culture centered service design
    • Institute of Gerontology, University of Tokyo
    • Population and Development Studies Center, Renmin University of China
    • Institute of population study, Peking University
    • NUS Enterprise, National University of Singapore