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Welfare Reform on the Web (July 2011): Care of the elderly - overseas

New wine or old? From colony to SAR: elderly welfare in Hong Kong

E. Chui and L. Ko

China Journal of Social Work, vol. 4, 2011, p.5-22

Hong Kong has achieved remarkable economic success, but prosperity is burgeoning at the expense of social development. The current cohort of older people has in various ways contributed to laying the foundations of Hong Kong's economic prosperity and social stability, but has not benefited from the growing wealth enjoyed by society at large. The family's structure and functions have changed, and the weakening of traditional Confucian ethics has undermined its capacity to care for its older members. Public demands for the state to supply welfare services have escalated. In order to reduce the possible fiscal burden, efforts are needed to restore the traditional Chinese virtues of respect for older people and to revitalise social capital and community care throughout society.

Older people

M.P. Sullivan (guest editor)

International Social Work, vol.54, 2011, p.307-464

As a result of improved health and declining fertility rates in both developed and developing countries, the aged population is growing rapidly. The breadth and depth of the implications of population ageing are explored in this special issue from a social work perspective. The articles cover retirement and pensions, healthcare and health inequalities, intergenerational relationships, changing family structures, community care, elder financial abuse, and services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender older people.

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