Hong Kong Society for the Aged (referred to as SAGE) was born In order to meet the needs of society at that time (1977) response to the Government and Social Welfare Services sector proposals.
Social welfare services in Hong Kong has always been focused on helping youth and community building. In the early 1970s, the voluntary agencies to provide services for the elderly, only a few religious organizations to open the traditional residential care homes. The Government has invested resources in the welfare of the elderly, in addition to the beginning of the social security scheme, less than one percent of the entire welfare allowances.
1971, the demographic trend of an aging population in Hong Kong. With the growth in average life expectancy, the survey pointed out that the number of elderly people increased from 293,300 in 1971 to 482,600 people in 1981. The Social Welfare Department immediately Elderly Services Division was established in 1972 to deal with emerging problems of the elderly. The government also set up the same year study <the elderly in the future need to> Working Group and agreed that its report in 1973. The Government also considers that the new services for the elderly could be left to voluntary agencies, because they operate according to the needs of service users. Although at that time (1972-73) by the government-funded welfare agencies have 60 nine, but only six homes for the elderly provide limited service.
Will always Advisor, Miss Yang Yanci served as Director of Social Welfare for the elderly group was also <the elderly in the future needs of the Secretary of the Working Group. Care services for the elderly too familiar with the United States and Europe, she immediately agreed to consider planning for the establishment of an institutions for the elderly and in due course. At the same time also includes the Government's "Social Welfare and Development Plan> <the elderly in the future needs of the majority of the proposals of the Working Group, including the establishment of the Hong Kong does not care and attention homes, day care centers, diversified residential centers for the elderly, in particular the installation of recreational bus for the elderly.
(1976) <Services for the Elderly Program Plan> lists a more clear of services for the elderly the way forward. Population By-census released the same year, further identified the rapid growth of elderly population in Hong Kong. The elderly population is projected to increase to 777,300 people in 1996. (Note: recorded in 1996 the elderly population is 933,100 people, 75-year-old accounted for more than 238,100 people). These figures clearly point out that the additional services for the elderly of urgency. Then government <1977 Green Paper on services for the elderly> community to respond positively to that government and voluntary organizations, should immediately provide appropriate services for the elderly to meet the needs of the community.
Care of Miss Yang Yanci digital senior social workers, community workers, and a group of civic-minded people, was the consent of the Director of Social Welfare, officially for organizing one specifically for elderly service agencies to start work. Held its first preparatory committee meeting in October 1977. Two months later, by the constitution, the Hong Kong Society for the Aged was born.
SAGE Board efforts and multifaceted support of SAGE in just five months have been HKCSS accepted as a member and award-winning coupons Fund in the the HKCSS establishment of venue. In services, the Government allocated a 23,000 sq ft of land in Tin Wan to construct the first two large homes for the elderly; in Chai Wan house? Allocated a unit to run a diversified centers for the elderly; to raise enough money to set up a recreation center for the elderly in Kowloon and purchase of Hong Kong's first one specifically to provide recreational activities for the elderly, large bus.
The Social Welfare Department in April 1978 to give financial assistance. Previous funding, the whole by the directors of the donor. The first director of SAGE on the conference very enthusiastic, money and efforts, but also with their professional and community service experience, to solve the problem of the size of the early conference, they can also founded a number of new services within a few months. It is admirable.
SAGE Since its founding, in accordance with guidelines set by the social welfare <White Paper> "and" Social Welfare and Development Plan> within the restrictions of demand for services for the elderly. 27 years after the founding of Hong Kong's elderly population has increased from four hundred thousand in the year to more than one million of the total population by 15 per cent, during the rapid growth in this elderly population, SAGE was successfully Accept the challenges. This year's conference spending more than $ 220 million, 30 service units, in addition to take care of 1,600 more than the long-term hospitalized elderly; to about 20,000 elderly people to provide day care, personal counseling, domestic helpers and recreational and cultural activities, etc., in order to the highest professional standards, innovative models and adventurous spirit, true to its mission, the Hong Kong elderly people more comfortable and more active in old age.