Commissioned by the Family Council and the Central Policy Unit of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, the Asia Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies (APIAS) of Lingnan University has conducted an exploratory study of neglect among the elderly in Hong Kong. The research findings were announced on 29 June.
After doing in-depth interviews with more than 80 families, the APIAS researchers have found that “ordinary marriage” and “cross-border marriage” might lead to various problems and elder neglect.
The study showed that elder neglect in normal marriage was often caused by the lack of love and affection – and thus alienation – between husband and wife as well as among family members. On the other hand, elder neglect in cross-border marriage was often attributed to the functional and materialistic nature of the relationship. Any shift of power among family members might result in alienation, neglect or even abuse of the “weaker” party. This was often the case when the husband retired while the wife was still in her prime, taking over the role of breadwinner of the family.
For the executive summary of the report, please visit http://www.cpu.gov.hk/english/documents/new/press/executive%20summary_neglect%20among%20elderly_e.pdf.