Asia-Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies’ activities connect students and the elderly
The Asia-Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies (APIAS) held a session on the Students and Happy Ageing with Chinese Medicine Project on 23 December 2020, in which participating LU students, youth from the local community, registered Chinese medicine practitioners who provide training, the elderly, and staff from partner organisations discussed Chinese medicine and Chinese culture, as well as the unique cross-generational learning experience they are gaining from the programme.
Photo: APIAS Director Prof Dickson Chan Chak-kwan (first from right) delivers certificates and awards to programme participants.
The three-year Students and Happy Ageing with Chinese Medicine Project is sponsored by the Tin Ka Ping Foundation and was launched in 2020 to equip students and the younger generation with knowledge of Chinese medicine and traditional Chinese culture as well as to enhance their understanding of caring for the elderly.
The Centre also held a Business Genius in Silver Age – Certificate Awarding and Showcasing Ceremony on 29 December 2020 to display the achievement of its elderly students. There was a demonstration of short videos they had made with their new multimedia knowledge and skills, including personal YouTube channels, e-books, and a short film produced with LU students on the subject of Cross-generation Integration.
Supported by funding from the Elder Academy Development Foundation, Business Genius in Silver Age was introduced in 2020 to teach the elderly about multimedia production and digital technology applications in order to raise their employability and increase their confidence in re-entering the workforce. Participants also used their newfound knowledge and skills to create multimedia works with young people to share with family, friends and community members, promoting the integration of old and young.
Photo: Chairman of the Elderly Commission Dr Lam Ching-choi (top left corner),with participants of Business Genius in Silver Age.