By Tang Ka-ho, Jessica Kong and Stephanie So –
Thanks to the advent of medical science, men and women live longer – and longer . And due to changes in economic structure and lifestyles, there are fewer new-born babies. Put together, ageing population has emerged as a worrying problem in most developed economies. Hong Kong is no exception
Figures have painted a bleak picture. A recent report published by the Census and Statistics Department found the average age of men and women in 2014 are 81.2 and 86.9 respectively. By 2064, people who aged 65 and above will constitute 36 per cent of the city’s total population, a jump from 15 per cent in 2014. The problem of ageing population has cast a long shadow over the city’s future.