This book advocates the application of holistic and humanistic approaches in elderly care and services to achieve the goal of ageing with dignity in Hong Kong and Asia. It responds to the needs of an increasing ageing population that has to deal with related health needs in long-term care, community health and social services, particularly for chronic conditions and psychosocial support. The book consists of three sections on policy and development of aged care, holistic and humanistic care for older adults, and capacity building for ageing with dignity, respectively. Topics include the latest initiatives in aged care, appropriate services and delivery models, lifestyle modification, psychosocial and environmental considerations, professional development, technologies, and social capital. The chapters review and discuss these issues within a global context, illustrated by examples from Asian countries, underpinned by locally based empirical research. Contributors include academics and practitioners from diversified professional backgrounds that include medicine, nursing, pharmacy, traditional Chinese medicine, dietetics, and allied health. The book traverses into territories in the social sciences, life sciences, and sports sciences, while also touching on areas of business and administration, hospitality, law, public policy, and information technology in connection with public health. The contents serve as a topical reference for tertiary studies in ageing and related disciplines such as well-being and are also useful to policymakers, community and public health practitioners, health executives and interns working in areas of policy and practice pertinent to care development, health delivery models, planning, quality, ethics, better health promotion, professional training, and monitoring for older adults.
Dr Vincent Law is Senior Lecturer of School of Professional Education and Executive Development (SPEED) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). He is also Founding Member and Academic Convenor of the Centre for Ageing and Healthcare Management Research (CAHMR) at PolyU SPEED. Being an experienced researcher in public policy, he participated in some large-scale consultancy or research projects on public policy and public engagement with the Hong Kong government in recent years. He authored a few academic journal papers and book chapters on health care and sustainability and published four Chinese books on Chinese wisdom.
Dr Ben Y. F. Fong is a Specialist in Community Medicine, holding Honorary Clinical Associate Professorship at the two local medical schools in Hong Kong, China. He is currently the Professor of Practice (Health Studies) of the College of Professional and Continuing Education, and Centre Director of the Centre for Ageing and Healthcare Management Research of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He also holds honorary appointments at the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies and Hong Kong Institute of Integrated Medicine at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is the President of Hong Kong College of Community Health Practitioners and has contributed to The Routledge Handbook of Public Health and the Community (2021), Primary Care Revisited: Interdisciplinary Perspectives for a New Era (2020), a training manual for general practitioners in China published by the People's Medical Publishing House in Beijing (2020), 30 health books in Chinese, and over 40 journal papers.