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All countries are facing a demographic transition with increasing life expectancy, with those in developing countries aging faster than developing countries. Aging in a large city may pose particular problems for elderly people, with respect to isolation, community support, and accessibility of health, social opportunity, shopping, and other services. Hong Kong is a densely populated city with 7 million people (of whom 1 million are 65 or older) in a relatively small area, where accommodation tends to be vertical (comparable to New York or London). By 2030 the number of people projected to be 65 and older will be about 25% of the population, as a result of increasing life expectancy at birth and declining birth rates. Hong Kong already has the longest life expectancy in the world for men, whereas that for women is second only to Japan. This book examines diverse facets of the aging population in Hong Kong, such as demographics, living arrangements, health status, health and social services, and lifestyles, with reference to other cities or countries. An overriding perspective is that of the general population, with emphasis on older people. A comparison between services and health outcomes in different cities with different health and social services arrangement is included. Comparative studies may contribute to the study of the association between living environment, health, and social service systems for the elderly, and a broad range of health outcomes.
Full Product DetailsAuthor: Jean Woo
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Imprint: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: United States
ISBN 10: 1441983538
Publication Date: 06 September 2012
Audience: Professional and scholarly , Professional & Vocational
Publisher's Status: Active
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Table of ContentsCh 1. Introduction.- Ch 2. Hong Kong and Other World Cities.- Ch 3. Living Environment.- Ch 4. Retirement and post retirement issues.- Ch 5. Elder Financial Asset Management.- Ch 6. Population ageing: Impact of Common Chronic Diseases on Health and Social Services.- Ch 7. Health Literacy Regarding Ageing Issues.- Ch 8. The Role of Empowerment in the Management of Chronic Diseases in the Elderly.- Ch 9. Elder-friendly Service Delivery Models.- Ch 10. Quality of Dying.- Ch 11. Prioritization in Healthcare and Ageism.
Jean Woo, M.D., FRCP, FRACP heads the Division of Geriatric Medicine of the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, is Chief of Service (general) of the Medicine and Geriatric Unit at Shatin Hospital, and is Honorary Professor, Faculty of Social Science, Hong Kong University. Dr. Woo graduated from Cambridge University in 1974. After medical posts in the Charing Cross, Hammersmith, and Brompton Hospitals, she worked in part time posts in general practice as well as research in the University of Hong Kong. She joined the Department of Medicine at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1985 as Lecturer responsible for the development of the teaching and service in Geriatric Medicine, becoming Head of the Department in 1993 until 1999, Chief of Service of the Medicine and Geriatric Unit at Shatin Hospital from 1993, and Chair Professor of Medicine in 1994. From 2000-6 she was Head of the Department of Community and Family Medicine, and from 2001-5 Director of the newly established School of Public Health. Her research interests include chronic diseases affecting elderly people, health services research, nutrition epidemiology, quality of life issues at the end of life, with over 500 articles in peer-reviewed indexed journals.
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