The global population is aging. According to the 2016 Hong Kong Population Census, the number of people aged 65 or above is 1.16 million. It is projected that in 20 years, one out of four people in Hong Kong will be an elderly citizen. With over twenty years of experience in serving the elderly, AOHK believes that our society can learn so much from the rich life experiences and wisdom of the elderly.
Since 1991, AOHK has been caring for the elderly aged 60 or above. In April 2000, the centre moved to Olympian City in Tai Kok Tsui and was renamed “Island Harbourview Elderly Club” (IHEC). There are currently around 1,500 elderly members of the centre.
In the past, the elderly being served were mostly uneducated and poor. However due to recent social and economic changes, many public institutions have offered voluntary early retirement schemes. As a result, lots of professionals have joined as members of the elderly centre at the age of 50 – 59. This group of people are still physically healthy, knowledgeable and manage to take care of themselves. They are still keen to play, learn and strive for their betterment. Their needs are different from the previous generations and have higher expectations for our staff and the services that we provide.
IHEC aims at transforming the misconception that “old = weak” by offering a series of activities and training for the Young Old so that they can serve the less capable and underprivileged elderly, especially in the Yau Tsim Mong districts. The flagship programs include Amazing Clown, Digital Master and many others.