Gerontechnology and Smart Ageing
Engaging Our Elderly in Socialpreneurship
Asia-Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies (APIAS), the flagship centre of Lingnan University in promoting active ageing and providing elderly care training, is given a funding support of HK$19.68 million under the HKSAR Chief Executive’s Community Project List by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust for the “LU Jockey Club Gerontechnology and Smart Ageing Project” over the three years of 2019-2022. (Video: https://youtu.be/h_uKdg9DqXQ)
Led by Prof Ka Ho MOK, our Vice-President and Lam Man Tsan Chair Professor of Comparative Policy, the project aims to promote Gerontechnology and support smart ageing Socialpreneurship development. It serves as an educational platform to provide training courses and workshops on “Gerontechnology in Healthcare, Dining, Living and Transport”.
Lingnan is teaming up with government and business organisations, and providers of healthcare and social services to launch a wide array of initiatives such as:
- LU Jockey Club Gerontech-X Lab
- Gerontechnology Practitioner Training Courses
- Socialpreneur Incubation Courses
- Gerontechnology & Socialpreneurship Incubator
- Gerontechnology Public Seminars
- Gerontechnology Mobile Lab
- Social Enterprise Intelligent Hub
LU Jockey Club Gerontech-X Lab
Establishing the LU Jockey Club Gerontech-X Lab on the Lingnan campus is a significant milestone. It is the first lab of its kind in Hong Kong’s New Territories West area, with indoor and outdoor facilities spanning an area of 2,000 square feet where the elderly can try out gerontechnology products on the spot. In turn, the user experience recorded will plough back to baseline studies for building a database on Gerontech products and services, social innovations and start-ups, and thus addressing the actual needs of the users and contributing to our vision in offering policy recommendations for the industry and Government.