20 (June 2010)
According to the Hong Kong population projection the proportion of the population aged 65 and over is projected to increase markedly, from 11.7% in 2003 to 27% in 2033. This increase is expected to be gradual between 2003 and 2015 (14.3%) and it will then be followed by a period of rapid growth to 27% in 2033 (Census and Statistics Department, 2004). Concomitant to the rise in elderly population, the demand for community and residential services that meet their specific needs is also expected to increase. The success of meeting these needs depend on the cooperation of various parties: individuals, non-government organizations, private sector and the government. In particular the leadership provided by the government is crucial in moving towards achieving active ageing.
The Hong Kong Government has taken a proactive approach in creating and developing different types of services to meet the needs of the elderly. One of the strategies adopted by the government is through funding the activities and services of non-governmental organizations that benefit the elderly. Caritas is one of the organizations that benefited from this funding. In providing services to the elderly, Caritas Services for the Elderly has adopted empowerment, an approach that has been widely applied in different services under varying circumstances by service providers in Hong Kong. “Caritas Federation for Senior Citizens” is formed as a result of applying empowerment in elderly service. So far, the success is encouraging to users of services as well as staff serving the organization.
Lou, K. S., & Yu, M. Y. D. (2010). Empowerment in the Caritas Federation for senior citizens (APIAS Monograph Paper Series No.20). Retrieved from Lingnan University website: http://commons.ln.edu.hk/apiasmp/20