The Asia-Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies (APIAS) of Lingnan University has been commissioned by the Government of the Macao Special Administrative Region to launch the Macao Old-Age Security Inter-Departmental Study, in order to implement the Chief Executive’s proposal in his 2012 Policy Address that a mid- and long-term elderly services development plan should be in place by 2015. The contract was officially signed on 10 September.
According to the contract, APIAS will be responsible for co-ordinating the Macao Old-Age Security Inter-Departmental Study. It will offer professional advice on the academic front and work closely with expert groups, government departments and international organisations, in order to assist in drawing up the Macao Ageing 10 Years’ Policy Framework on the development of elderly services. The result of this study will directly impact the life and well-being of the elderly in Macao.
Prof Alfred Chan Cheung-ming, Director of APIAS and Chairman of Elderly Commission, Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, believes the commissioning is a token of recognition of Lingnan’s achievements in applied research. He also stressed the trailblazing significance of the study, “This 10-year plan is set to break new ground because it will be the first ageing policy blueprint in Asia based on World Health Organization’s Active Ageing Policy Framework. More than 10 government departments in Macao will work as an inter-departmental team to collect public views and collaborate in policy implementation, in order to establish a comprehensive ageing programme. This will be the first inter-departmental study on ageing policy in Asia. APIAS’s participation will also bring first-hand experience not only to Lingnan’s ageing studies but also Hong Kong’s elderly care policy.”