This interview is part of a greater research effort by ACCESS Health to identify best practices in elder care across a number of countries including Sweden, The Netherlands, mainland China and Hong Kong. Sofia Widén traveled to mainland China and to Hong Kong in February and March 2016 to meet with elder care providers, academic researchers, not for profit organizations and government representatives including Mr. Matthew Cheung Kin-Chung, Secretary for Labour and Welfare.
Patrick Cheung founded the Jade Club to help the elderly stay active. The Jade Club offers fun, exercise, and social engagement to assisted living or nursing home residents. One of its key programs is chair based dance in which the residents can stand, sit, or lie in bed to perform the dance movements. In times when governments focus primarily on saving lives through medical treatments there is still a need for practices that increase the wellbeing of older adults and balancing mental and physical health.