The Hong Kong Housing Authority (HA) has been organising the “Healthy Ageing in Public Rental Housing Estates” programme for years to promote active ageing among elderly tenants.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, more than ever the elderly need to eat right to ensure sufficient intake of nutrients, in order to stay healthy and guard against all kinds of disease.
Therefore, the Hong Kong Housing Authority (HA) collaborated with the Department of Health (DH) again to introduce a set of recipes specially designed for the elderly. With the selection of prime seasonal produce, all 12 daily dishes are healthy and tasty.
To make it easy for tenants to learn how to cook the dishes, the HA has specially produced a video series "Healthy Recipes for Elderly". The video series has been broadcast on the Housing Channel since mid-October and will run until June 2023. Tenants can watch the videos on TVs installed at lift lobbies. They can also watch the videos at home or on their mobile phones by scanning the QR code on the poster displayed at lift lobbies.
Members of the public who are interested may access the HA's social media channels at YouTube (www.youtube.com/user/HKHousingAuthority), Facebook – Public Housing Vista (www.facebook.com/HKHousingAuthority) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/hkhousingauthority) to view the videos.
Full recipes of the dishes can be viewed at www.elderly.gov.hk/english/healthy_ageing/healthy_diet/meal_planning_healthy_recipes/seasonal_and_festive_healthy_recipes.html. The recipes also include relevant dietary tips for patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hyperlipidaemia and gout, so that they can make suitable adjustments to the recipes.
Noted broadcaster Candy Chea (centre) and two seniors in one of the "Healthy Recipes for Elderly" videos.
Healthy Recipes for Elderly Video Series (More to come)
Winter Recipe – Watercress, Carrot, Monkfruit and Lean Pork Soup
Autumn Recipe – Fig and Pear Dessert Soup
"Stay Active at Home" Home-based Video Series
Having been affected by the epidemic and inclement weather, the elderly may have spent more time at home and could be less physically active as a result. To encourage them to stay active and healthy, the Hong Kong Housing Authority (HA) has co-operated with the Department of Health (DH) to promote a series of exercise videos for elderly public housing tenants, enabling them to follow the videos and exercise at home at any convenient time.
Produced by the Elderly Health Service (EHS) of the DH, the "Stay Active at Home" home-based video series contains a total of seven episodes and is designed for the elderly to help strengthen their muscles as well as to improve their limb co-ordination, balance, heart and lung function, and posture. The exercises' contents were specially designed by physiotherapists of the DH, and are also suitable for elderly people who do not exercise regularly.
Department of Health「Stay Active at Home」Home-based Exercise Video
The ‘Healthy Ageing in PRH Estates x Stay Active at Home’ promotion video
Deputy Director of Housing (Estate Management) Mr Ricky Yeung (front 2nd right) and Assistant Director of Department of Health (Elderly Health Service) Dr Anne Fung (front 2nd left) are happily photographed with the elders who took part in the video promoting the ‘Healthy Ageing in PRH Estates x Stay Active at Home’ series.
Interesting computer graphics are used to produce the video promoting the ‘Healthy Ageing in PRH Estates x Stay Active at Home’ series and the message of ‘you can work out at home’. Deputy Director of Housing (Estate Management) Mr Ricky Yeung (front right) and Assistant Director of Department of Health (Elderly Health Service) Dr Anne Fung (front left) also take part in the shooting of the video
In 2020, to encourage senior tenants to work out more and keep fit amid the pandemic, the HA has specially produced a set of videos "Fitness Exercise for the Elderly". The videos were broadcast on HA’s Housing Channel through TVs installed at lift lobbies of every public housing domestic block and uploaded to the HA’s Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, so that elderly tenants and their care-givers can watch and practice the exercises conveniently.
Deputy Director of Housing (Estate Management), Mr Ricky Yeung (centre front) and Assistant Director (Estate Management) 1, Mr Ian Luk (second row second left) exercise with elderly tenants at Kai Ching Estate, Kowloon City on the day when the "Fitness Exercise for the Elderly" videos were shot (10 November 2020)
Deputy Director of Housing (Estate Management), Mr Ricky Yeung (second left), elbow shakes with elderly tenants to say “Hi”
Deputy Director of Housing (Estate Management), Mr Ricky Yeung (second right) and Assistant Director (Estate Management) 1, Mr Ian Luk (first right) chat with elderly tenants about their daily life under the pandemic
The「Fitness Exercise for Elderly」videos
To remind elderly tenants to stay alert to the virus and send them HA's warm regards, we also partnered with the Oral Health Education Division of the Department of Health to bring them 'fortune bags' with epidemic protective material and oral health products before Chinese New Year.