Double ageing is a pressing issue in Hong Kong as both the population and residential buildings are ageing. Combining “smart elderly care” with “smart city” development is the solution to this problem, which means producing age-friendly products, services and systems that utilise the latest technology, innovation and design.


Mr Kar-kan Ling, Director of the Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation (JCDISI) and Ms Debby Cheng, Social Project Manager of the JCDISI, discussed in a media interview how to tackle the double ageing problem, and explained what has been done for a local community kitchen by following recommendations from the Toolkit for the Age-Friendly Community Kitchen compiled by the JCDISI.


The Toolkit makes 119 recommendations in eight areas, such as space and furniture, operational procedures, and facilities, in order to minimise the risk of injury of aged kitchen workers and to create an age-friendly working environment.


Established in 2016, the Pak Tin Community Kitchen aims at encouraging the retired population to volunteer in the kitchen to maintain an active link with society. The kitchen finds the Toolkit very practical and has already adopted many of its suggestions, such as warming up before work and installing handrails as necessary.


Please take a look at the below media reports if you want to learn more:

Hong Kong Economic Times 

Sing Tao Daily