LU Jockey Club Gerontechnology and Smart Ageing Project: ‘HealthCare with eHealth’ Public Seminar
To help the elderly to look after themselves and encourage them to regain independence through gerontechnology, Lingnan University’s Asia-Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies hosted a public seminar on 4 September with a theme of ‘HealthCare with eHealth’. Experts in the process of ageing were invited to share their experience in the use of technology in healthcare management and to promote innovative gerontechnology products and services for domestic use.
Prof Joshua Mok Ka-ho, Vice-President of Lingnan University, said in his welcome speech that this year the University has initiated the three-year ‘LU Jockey Club Gerontechnology and Smart Ageing Project’ - which was nominated on the HKSAR Chief Executive’s Community Project List and granted by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust - to organise activities and educational platforms to promote gerontechnology in healthcare, dining, living and transportation. “In the past six months, more than 180 participants have enrolled in the certification courses. The ‘Gerontechnology Practitioner Training Course’ not only provides the students with an understanding of gerontech products on the market, but also teaches them the right attitude towards managing healthcare in order to age in good health. The ‘Socialpreneur Incubation Course’ teaches social enterprise development, encourages creativity and invigorates the gerontechnology industry,” said Prof Mok.
Mr Clube Ng, CEO of eHealth Research Institute Limited, and Mr Ivan Wan, co-founder of Qualify Hong Kong Limited, were invited to give the keynote speeches on “New trends in eHealth and smart living” and “Smart pillbox and its medication management” respectively. They explained the importance of digital health information and spoke about how eHealth management can help the elderly in their daily lives, as well as introducing the smart pillbox and showing how it helps patients to schedule medication, thereby leading a healthy lifestyle amid the daily hustle. In the long run, this cuts the recovery time and medical costs.
At the end of the public seminar, Prof Mok and the guest speakers presented certificates to students who had completed these courses. Outstanding students were given the opportunity to be appointed “Ambassadors of Gerontechnology”. This scheme helps promote public awareness of gerontechnology and cultivate talent in the sector for the future. In addition, the 2,000-sq-ft LU Jockey Club Gerontech-X Lab will hold an unveiling ceremony in November. It is the first lab of its kind in the Tuen Mun area and will encourage the general public to try out over 40 of the latest gerontechnology products on the premises free of charge.