Strategies for Creating an Age-friendly City: Hong Kong as a case study

AFC-HongKong-caseStudy-2023-cover The current United Nations Decade of Healthy Ageing (2021-2030), with its emphasis on functional ability (rather than presence or absence of diseases; or mortality), is particularly relevant for Hong Kong because it is an ageing society with the longest life expectancy in the world. One of the four strategies for healthy ageing is the creation of Age-friendly Cities. The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust has taken a lead in starting this initiative in Hong Kong in 2015, in partnership with four universities, NGOs and local government and district councils in all 18 districts, all being now registered in the World Health Organization’s Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities together with over 1,400 cities and communities all over the world. This book chronicles how this was done, the new knowledge arising from the project, comparison with other cities in the world, and finally sustainability of this concept and action arising from it that is so important for healthy ageing in an unequal world.

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