To enhance the mental wellness of Hong Kong's older citizens and provide comprehensive community support, the Club's Charities Trust has initiated the three-year JC JoyAge: Jockey Club Holistic Support Project for Elderly Mental Wellness. Covering four districts, the project is piloting a community-based supporting network to reduce the risk of depression among the elderly, or relieve their depressive symptoms.
As part of this project, Hong Kong recently hosted an international symposium on the Care System and Social Policy for Elderly Mental Health, attended by the Club's Executive Director, Charities and Community, Leong Cheung; Secretary for Food and Health Professor Sophia Chan; and The University of Hong Kong, Dean of Social Sciences, Professor William Hayward.
"The Club's Charities Trust has been a long-standing supporter of initiatives to improve the quality of life of Hong Kong's senior citizens, and has designated Elderly Services as one of its strategic focus areas," Mr Cheung said. "This symposium marks another new milestone in the JC JoyAge project."
Bringing together world-renowned speakers from the UK, US and other parts of Asia, the symposium enabled participants to share insights and experience on care systems and social policy for elderly mental health, as well as look at these issues from different perspectives such as social welfare, economic, psychogeriatics, and geriatric medicine.