Hong Kong's Aging Problem

Topics: Population, Demography, Aging Pages: 2 (374 words) Published: April 8, 2012
ELC291 – English for University studies
Ng Ka Lok, Kyle (11228174D)

Aging Problem in Hong Kong

Nowadays, it is common to see elderly everywhere in our society. Not only from the own observation, but the result from the population census and other documents also give reliable information of aging population in Hong Kong. Obviously, problem of aging population should not be neglected as it is not simply a phenomenon of people getting older, it causes other social problems and the Government is asked for extra measures to fix it with no doubt.

Reference List

Aging: a real problem that must be addressed

Council for Sustainable Development
The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region http://www.susdev.gov.hk/html/b5/sd/index.htm

Census and Statistics Department
The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region http://www.censtatd.gov.hk/hong_kong_statistics/statistics_by_subject/index_tc.jsp?subjectID=1&charsetID=1&displayMode=T


Data / Trends
The population growth trend is now slowing down.
1. Low population growth rate
* Projected to increase at an average rate of 0.7% to 8.38 million in 2033. 2. Fertility
Projected gender imbalance
* 979 Males : 1000 Females (2005) > 749 Males : 1000 Felmales ( 2033) Declining fertility
3 (1970s) > 0.966 (2005)
3. Long life expectancy and Ageing population
Expectation of life at birth (2033)
* Male 82.5, Female 88
Aging of the population of the elderly (65+)
* 12.1% (2005) > 26.8% (2033)
4. Dependency
* More dependency (elderly) to independents than before

1. Envisage a shrinking labour force and aging population 2. Escalating property prices
3. Widening wealth gap

1. To understand the factors which are affecting people’s...
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