The Research Centre for Gerontology and Family Studies (RCGFS) takes advantage of the diversity of its core research members’ disciplinary backgrounds to create a collaborative, cross-disciplinary approach to research and development. The RCGFS is committed to the total wellness of Hong Kong’s older adults and high-quality care policies and services for the city’s ageing population.

By the end of the next decade, a quarter of Hong Kong’s population will belong to the third age (the stage of life following retirement). Apart from the adequate and timely provision of health and social care, suitably adapted living environments and the smart use of assistive technologies will enhance the well-being of older adults.

Many faculty members and researchers at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) have engaged in research activities related to gerontology and ageing practice, mainly within their own disciplines. The RCGFS acts as a catalyst to pool their expertise and relevant research activities into integrated, synergistic research clusters focused on (1) Senior Wellness, (2) Ageing and Family, (3) Digital Inclusion and Gerontechnology, (4) Theory-based Model Building, and (5) Age-Friendly Environment.