In 1997, the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (HKSAR) has made “Care for the Elderly” a Strategic Policy Objective of the Government of the HKSAR. The objective is to improve the quality of life of our elderly population and to provide them with a sense of security, a sense of belonging and a feeling of health and worthiness. The Elderly Commission was established in the same year and its main task is to provide advice to the Government of the HKSAR in the formulation of a comprehensive policy in caring for elders. Commission members are appointed by the Chief Executive of the HKSAR, including professionals from elder related services and other sectors, academics, and community leaders.
Terms of Reference
- To advise Government on the formulation of a comprehensive policy for the elderly including matters relating to the care, housing, financial security, health and medical, psychological, employment and recreational needs of the elderly;
- To co-ordinate the planning and development of various programmes and services for the elderly, and to recommend priorities for implementation having regard to manpower, financial and other resources available; and
- To monitor implementation of policies and programmes affecting the elderly, and to make recommendations to Government to ensure that agreed objectives are met.