'Old Camp' at Lingnan promotes gerontechnology for elderly-youth harmony
With a view to advocate social harmony, Lingnan University endeavours to join hands with different people in society to promote active ageing in the elderly. From 25 to 26 June, the RTHK Radio 5 organised its first ever two-day, one-night university camp at Lingnan for 100 seniors, bringing together Lingnan student ambassadors and 90 secondary school students to fill the campus with positive energy.
The camp was kick-started at the Sin Cho Ming Function Hall. Officiating guests included Dr The Honourable Lam Ching-choi, Executive Council member and Chairman of the Elderly Commission; Prof Leonard K Cheng, President of Lingnan University; David Ho Chung-yan, Head of Chinese Programme Service at RTHK, as well as local celebrities Woo Fung, Janice Vidal, J.Arie (Rachel Lui), Lydia Lau and Kaho Hung. The audience was led to clap on beat, symbolising the joining of efforts between generations to establish that ageing can also be fun and energetic.
Woo Fung, honorary fellow of Lingnan University, shared his experience in using smart products and encouraged fellow elders to memorise phone numbers as a way to train up their memory. The over-80-year-old said he was living his best life through lifelong learning.
In addition to the overnight camp, the elderly participated in three highlight activities: a seminar and mobile lab on gerontechnology, hosted by the Asia-Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies of the University, which introduced gerontech products and applications that incorporate active ageing in healthcare, dining, living and transport; ageing yoga, a set of elderly-friendly stretching exercises for maintaining a healthy lifestyle; and Lingnan hunt, a student-led campus tour for seniors to explore various elderly-friendly facilities and learn how to keep up with the trends by making videos with smartphones.