Changes in older adults' perceptions of age-friendliness in Hong Kong : A three-year mixed-methods study

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Author(s)

  • Cheryl Hiu-kwan Chui
  • On Fung Chan
  • Johnson Chun-Sing Cheung
  • Yingqi Guo
  • Yuqi Liu
  • Samuel Wai Chan
  • Jennifer Yee Man Tang
  • Alma Au
  • Zhuoyi Vincent Wen
  • Ruby Yu
  • Xue Bai
  • Ka Ho Joshua Mok
  • Jean Woo
  • Terry Y. S. Lum

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Article number103748
Journal / PublicationCities
Volume127
Online published14 May 2022
Publication statusOnline published - 14 May 2022

Abstract

Constructing an Age-friendly City (AFC) has become a major public policy imperative in response to global population aging and urbanization. Yet there is a dearth of empirical evidence on how AFC initiatives can improve perceived age-friendliness among community-dwelling older adults, and on how such initiatives may differently affect older adults with different socioeconomic statuses. Drawing on a three-year citywide AFC initiative in Hong Kong, we conducted a trend study to evaluate changes in perceived age-friendliness in eight AFC domains with 2575 and 2697 community-dwelling older adults in 2015 and 2018 respectively, in addition to 36 focus groups involving 206 older adults. Participants were asked to share their views on changes in age-friendliness in their cities. Survey data were analyzed using linear regression while focus group data were analyzed using thematic analysis. Significant improvements were found in perceived age-friendliness in all eight AFC domains. Low-income older adults saw the greatest improvements in age-friendliness. Thematic analysis revealed that despite improvements, shortcomings persist in domains of housing, civic engagement, and employment. Nevertheless, our findings demonstrate that concerted efforts can improve a city's overall age-friendliness and that such improvements appear most evident among low-income older adults.

Research Area(s)

  • Age-friendly city, Inequality, Older adult, Aging, Evaluation, East Asia

Citation Format(s)

Changes in older adults' perceptions of age-friendliness in Hong Kong : A three-year mixed-methods study. / Chui, Cheryl Hiu-kwan; Lu, Shiyu; Chan, On Fung; Cheung, Johnson Chun-Sing; Guo, Yingqi; Liu, Yuqi; Chan, Samuel Wai; Tang, Jennifer Yee Man; Au, Alma; Wen, Zhuoyi Vincent; Yu, Ruby ; Bai, Xue ; Mok, Ka Ho Joshua; Woo, Jean; Lum, Terry Y. S.

In: Cities, Vol. 127, 103748, 08.2022.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review