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Jockey Club Age-friendly City Project – HK East (Phase 2)


Jockey Club Age-friendly City Project – HK East (Phase 2)

Summary

The Hong Kong Young Women’s Christian Association Ming Yue District Elderly Community Centre organised the Age-friendly City programme to improve age-friendliness in 1) respect and social inclusion, 2) community support and health services, and 3) social participation within the district with support from the Jockey Club Age-friendly City Project. This programme included two sections with a series of sub-programmes:

The first part of the progamme targeted community support and social inclusion of the caregivers. Advanced trainings were given to the ambassadors trained in 2018 in order to further consolidate their understanding of the difficulties faced by the older caregivers. The ambassadors also made home visits to the caregivers to understand their needs, as well as introduce the community resources and share the up-coming activities in the district with tablets. Regular gatherings at the elderly centre were organised providing physical fitness workshop and light snacks in order to promote better well-being for the caregivers.

For the second part of the programme, the main focus targeted chronic pain relief of the older adults. Assessments provided by health professionals, such as physiotherapists, were given to the members of the centre. Follow-up sessions were also given in order to provide regular check-ups. Workshop of exercises to relieve joint stiffness and pain was also organised so that older adults can do the practice at home after completed the sessions. Moreover, in order to encourage older adults to join the activities, they collected stamps for attending the activities so that they can exchange for some rewards at the end of the programme.

Key facts

Main target group: Older people in general

Other target group(s): The general public

Sector(s): Health, Information and communication

Desired outcome for older people:
Meet their basic needs

Other issues the Age-friendly practice aims to address:
  • Ageing in place
  • Healthy behaviours (e.g. physical activity)
  • Inclusion
  • Participation

Contact details

Name:

Email address: edccadm@edc.had.gov.hk


Age-friendly practice in detail (click to expand):

Engaging the wider community

Project lead: Social or health care provider

Others involved in the project:
  • Local authorities
  • Social or health care provider
  • Research institution

How collaboration worked: The programme was one of the district-based programmes under the Jockey Club Age-friendly City Project, which has been initiated and funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. With the support by the Eastern District Council, the programme was co-organised with SAGE Eastern District Elderly Community Centre, SAGE Chai Wan District Elderly Community Centre, and TWGHs Fong Shu Chuen District Elderly Community Centre. The programme was evaluated by Sau Po Centre on Ageing, The University of Hong Kong.

Older people’s involvement: Older people were involved in the age-friendly practice at multiple or all stages

Details on older people’s involvement: Older adults were the target participants of the programme. Some older people were trained as the ambassadors to mentally and physically support the caregivers.

Moving forward

Has the impact of this age-friendly practice been analysed: No

Do you plan to evaluate your age-friendly practice? Yes

Feedback:
Positive feedback of chronic pain relief programme for the older adults has been received. Assessments provided by health professionals, such as physiotherapists, were given to the members of the centre. Follow-up sessions were also given in order to provide regular check-ups. Workshop of exercises to relieve joint stiffness and pain was also organised so that older adults can do the practice at home after completed the sessions.

Expansion plans:
YWCA will continue to hold different health care programmes in order to expand age-friendly practice.

Looking back

Reflections:
Using short video to summarise what we have done was effective and also easier to deliver age-friendly message to the public. Moreover, the project involved older adults as ambassadors providing many good ideas so that we can do better and the design of programme will be more suitable for the older adults in future.

Challenges:
Under the pandemic of COVID-19, we delivered the programme in small groups. Also, some programmes took place via the online platform so as to keep the momentum of the programme under the social distancing measure.

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