Elderly

HKFWS is always committed to promoting “Ageing in Place” and release new service initiatives. To support the elderly and their family members to live in a familiar place, our professional team shares some useful information and suggestions here to address the elders’ physical and psychological needs.

  1. I will retire soon and am worried that I won’t be able to adapt to my post-retirement life. It will be helpful if someone can offer me some suggestions.

    Many people think the post retirement stage is very boring and the retirees’ physical condition will deteriorate faster. These misunderstandings have caused a lot of anxiety and stress. In fact, retirees have to cope with a number of changes, including their role at workplace, social life, family relationship, daily routines, etc. All these required well planning in advance. To enjoy the new stage of life, the following areas should be taken into account in retirement planning: healthy eating, doing exercise regularly, financial planning and make full use of the retirees’ potentials.

    Retirees may consider to participate at a variety of activities organised by our Kowloon City Centre for Active Ageing. You can also do volunteer work to help the needy. Retirees living in other districts can visit the District Elderly Community Centre or Neighbourhood Elderly Centre in your neighbourhood. You may visit Social Welfare Department website for their contact details and address.

    Source: Ms. Chung, Elderly Service Social Worker, Hong Kong Family Welfare Society

     

  2. My friend has to take care of his mother who is an elderly with dementia while he has to go to work. He finds it very difficult and would like to get some help.

    Our Kowloon City Centre for Active Ageing provides free cognitive and sensory training to elderly with dementia on a regular basis. Normally a two-hour training will be provided to them every week. The Centre can provide pick up service for the elderly attending the trainings if needed so as to relief the elderlies’ family members who need to go to work.

    In addition, our Centre can provide respite service at centre or at home as well as provide outpatient escort for elderly members. Service hours for these services are the opening hours of the Centre (8:30am to 5:00pm on Monday to Saturday). Assessment and appointments have to made by social workers.

    Apart from providing service to support elderly with dementia, the Centre also provides support, such as stress relief group and caregiving technique training, to carers. You may refer to the Centre’s circular for more details.

    For those living in other districts, you can visit the District Elderly Community Centre or Neighbourhood Elderly Centre in your neighbourhood. You may visit Social Welfare Department website for their contact details and address.

    Source: Ms. Yip, Elderly Service Social Worker, Hong Kong Family Welfare Society

  3. My father has passed away and I worried that my mom cannot manage the loss and grief. I would like to know the available counselling service for elderlies.

    Death is probably the most difficult separation in life. And yet every one of us has to face it sooner or later.

    To provide counselling support to elderlies who are coping with confusion and crisis, and to facilitate carers to make use of information available in the community, our counselling services include:
    1. Individual counselling
    2. Therapeutic group
    3. Mutual aid group
    4. Programmes to promote mental health education
    5. Social resource consultation service and referral

    Elderlies can call or visit our centres in person to apply for our service. We also handle cases referred by other NGOs, government departments and other organisations. For further information, please refer to the following website:
    Department of Health’s Elderly Health Service website

    Source: Ms. Wong, Elderly Service Social Worker, Hong Kong Family Welfare Society