LU gerontechnology project and course train carers and the youth in response to elders’ physical and social needs
12 Nov 2021
The world is facing the challenges of an aging population, and Hong Kong, which has one of the longest life expectancies in the world, faces serious problems. In response to ageing and the increasing need for care at home for the elderly, LU proactively engages in gerontechnology in partnership with the Jockey Club in the three-year LU Jockey Club Gerontechnology and Smart Ageing Project, and has also introduced a Gerontechnology Practitioner Training Course to promote gerontechnology to the general public.
Chloe Siu Pui-yee, Project Manager of the Asia-Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies, points out that the course is designed for the elderly, carers and young people. The content covers medicine, food, living and transportation, comprehensively explaining elders’ needs, and the challenges they face every day. Graduates can become specialists and ambassadors for the programme.
Ms Siu said that young people are good at looking after and understanding the elderly, and using technology to do so. "They must be curious and passionate about technology, and apply this knowledge to their work. They must also have empathy, and understand the community and the true needs of the elderly," she said.
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