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Hong Kong needs emergency evacuation strategy for the disabled


Able-bodied people can hardly keep calm in the event of emergency, let alone the disabled with visual, hearing and mobility impairment. Disabled people often face a lot of unique difficulties during evacuation. However, fire preparedness tools like a visual fire alarm, customised fire safety education and evacuation plan would help save their lives.

Three strategies to tackle bullying among the elderly


Bullying among students has always been a matter of public concern, however, bullying may happen among seniors too. In Hong Kong, there have been a number of incidents that elderly home residents attacked their fellow residents in recent years. Why do elders who are supposed to be mature at their age bully their peers? Is there any way to prevent and handle bullying among the elderly?

The midlife crisis among ‘hikikomori’


‘Hikikomori’ is often associated with lazy and introverted young people who stay at home and play video games all day. However, many ‘hikikomori’ in Japan are middle-aged who have not only withdrawn socially but also relied on their ageing parents financially. What are the challenges facing the society when middle-aged ‘hikikomori’ becomes more common? Does Hong Kong encounter similar problems?

How should employees fight against work-related stress amid rise of ‘burnout’?


The World Health Organization has classified ‘burnout’ as an ‘occupational phenomenon’ recently. The updated definition has sparked heated debate over legislation recognising ‘burnout’, which is triggered by work-related stress, and ‘death from overexertion’ as an ‘occupational disease’ in Hong Kong. However, it is difficult to prove that work-related stress is the only contributing factor of ‘burnout’ and ‘death from overexertion’. How should the Government strike a balance between employment protection and a conductive business environment?

Is it all smooth sailing for Hong Kong in promoting ship finance?


The Government has asked the Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board to study the use of tax and other measures to entice ship finance companies. To understand the Government’s move and the opportunities and risks for Hong Kong to go big in ship finance, we need to look at the sector’s global landscape.

Glocalised Belt and Road awareness: Eliminate barriers for the health of ethnic minority elderly


In Hong Kong, ethnic minority elders often encounter communication difficulties and cultural differences when they access to healthcare services. It is necessary to ensure that the city’s healthcare system is well-prepared to meet their needs. In addition, considering the situations of ethnic minority groups while formulating policies is conducive to nurturing local awareness of the Belt and Road Initiative, which in turn have far-reaching benefits for Hong Kong to seize the related opportunities.

Wales’ way to pursue wellbeing: Legislating


To ensure the Government makes improving people’s overall wellbeing its goal, Wales has been trying to obligate its public bodies through legislation and appointing a ‘Future Generations Commissioner’. Does it work?

When will the flight to accessible tourism take off?


Many elders and people with disabilities, like others, have a thirst for the freedom to travel. However, there is a list of hurdles they have to face while taking a trip, like misinformation about access-free facilities in tourist attractions, as well as cramped hotel rooms. What can be done to ensure the vocations of tourists with disabilities is enjoyable? As a world-class travel destination, is Hong Kong ready to welcome them?

How to ensure road safety of silver-haired drivers?


The growing number of silver-haired drivers, especially the workforce of the taxi and public light bus, has made road safety become a concern.  Hong Kong law requires a person aged 70 or above to undergo health checks when they apply or renew driving licenses, is it adequate to ensure road safety? Should the Government set an upper age limit for driving license holders? 

Is Hong Kong ready to address the lonely death crisis?


‘Lonely death’ is a phenomenon that people are disconnected from society, dying alone and unnoticed for a long period of time. As the silver tsunami approaches, Hong Kong may face challenges arising from lonely death, given that the number of elders who are single and living alone is increasing. What kind of social problems will bring to Hong Kong before and after the deaths of lonely elderly? How should the society address the issue?