20. 01. 2019    ISSUE 15


Dear readers,

"While everyone has a lifespan of 120 years, people at 60 are just middle-aged," said the Secretary for Labour and Welfare on 14 January 2019 when asked about the possibility of pushing back the government's move to raise the age threshold for elderly welfare payments from 60 to 65.  No matter how veracious or cruel-hearted this construal is deemed, we can see a certain extent of validity there - people live longer now; Hong Kong must prepare for an ageing population; and those who are over 60 and still working 10 hours a day, like the Chief Executive, have gradually increased.  Many seniors around us still appear physically youthful and mentally energetic.  Their unremitting contribution (e.g. shouldering teaching load to conduct quality classes for students; releasing new research/ trial results to improve people's living standard) has corroborated that they are indeed "older and wiser".

My Centre has engaged a considerable number of retirees in our work with students over these years ranging from advisors, mentors, tutors to partners.  Not only are they generous to share their ample experience in our activities/ services such as camping, hiking and health education, but they have also been giving judicious advice on our projects regarding business start-up and philanthropic initiatives, etc.  While the development of my Centre is more or less constrained by donation, the enlistment of "talent" can transform limitations into opportunities, and upgrade the quality of all-round education in the University.

During our collaboration with the elderly persons in the I·CARE Social Service Day 2018 (a programme to strengthen inter-generational solidarity) where they and the CUHK students planned and implemented together various activities for participation of the secondary school students, I was glad to see some of them had displayed outstanding leadership and demonstrated the worthiness of elders.  Despite declining muscle power and slower cognitive functioning, the seniors are full of wisdom because older brains store more information so as to be able to detect familiar patterns.  This forms the basis for wise decisions and behaviour.

Other than wisdom, the discernment, equanimity and savoir faire of the middle-agers (de facto elders) are treasures of which we could take great advantage.  As such, they do not need to be coddled in the course of the review on elderly welfare.  Respect and a touch of humanity suffice.

Sincerely yours,

Irene Ng
I·CARE Centre for Whole-person Development


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4th I·CARE Book Festival: Call for Donation of Second-hand Books

I·CARE Theatre 2019

Workshops of I·CARE Social Enterprise Startup Scheme: Enrolment Invited

A Chance to Get CUHK Calendar by Completing Questionnaire on "Holistic Competencies"

I·CARE Salon (15th Session) - Gene-edited Babies: The Haunting Questions

I·CARE NGO Internship Programme (Mainland & Taiwan): Open for Application

S.I. Leadership Workshop (II): Enrolment Invited

"Fitness x Mentorship" Scheme: Re-run in the Second Term

CUHK Students Partner Runners with Intellectual Disability at "iRun"

I·CARE Community Research Scheme: Full Steam Ahead

Remoulding Camp under I·CARE Achievers Programme: Successfully Concluded

I·CARE Giveaway: Tickets to Forum on "Trade War, Development of the Greater Bay Area, and Hong Kong"

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