The Elderly Commission is an influential advisory board that completes independent projects to benefit the society of Hong Kong. The Hong Kong government appoints the Elderly Commission and in 2016 charged it with restructuring elder care in Hong Kong within three years. In the following interview, the chairman of the Elderly Commission, Professor Alfred Chan Cheung Ming, discusses the country’s current Aging in Place policies and the condition of residential care in Hong Kong. He describes the three largest challenges of elder care as the unsustainability of its financing model, the lack of human resources, and the need to extend services to a more Hong Kong residents.
The commission studied elder care systems in Sweden, Great Britain, the United States, Japan, and Australia in its effort to overcome the shortcomings of its country’s system. With this information, the Elderly Commission developed plans to improve in the areas of concern. The final plan was submitted at the end of 2016.