Research & Development
Research
Total Wellness
Age-Friendly Living Environments
Gerontechnology
Other Research Activities

The Institute of Active Ageing (IAA) takes advantage of the diversity of its core research members’ disciplinary backgrounds to create a collaborative, cross-disciplinary approach to research and development. IAA is committed to the importance of total wellness for Hong Kong’s older adults and high-quality care policies and services for its ageing population.
By the end of the next decade, a quarter of Hong Kong’s population will belong to the third age (stage of life following retirement). Apart from an adequate and timely provision of health and social care, suitably adapted living environments and smart use of assistive technologies would also enhance the well-being of older adults.

Many PolyU academic staff and researchers have been engaging in research activities related to gerontology and ageing practice, mainly within their own disciplines. IAA acts as a catalyst to pool their expertise and relevant research activities into integrated, synergistic research clusters centring on ‘person’, ‘living environment’, and ‘technology’.

 

Externally Funded Research Projects

In order to proactively tackle the challenges of the rapidly ageing population, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust (“The Trust”) is implementing the Jockey Club Age-friendly City Project in partnership with four gerontology research institutes in Hong Kong, including Jockey Club Institute of Ageing of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Sau Po Centre on Ageing of The University of Hong Kong, Asia-Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies of Lingnan University, and Institute of Active Ageing of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The Trust joins hands with various stakeholders to build Hong Kong into an age-friendly city which can cater for the needs of all ages.

Title Funding organization
Jockey Club Age-friendly City Project The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust

Jockey Club Age-friendly City Project: http://jcafc.hk/ch/

 

IAA was commissioned by Employee Retraining Board to conduct a research on the Training Needs of Older Adults. The main objectives of the study are to examine the challenges faced by older adults in finding jobs as well as employers’ views of employing and retaining older adults. The study will identify the training needs of the elderly. The research has commenced in October 2014 and would end in November 2015. So far, two focus groups with the elderly have been completed. The telephone survey is also in progress. Interviews with employers will start in January 2015.

TitleResponsible researcherFunding organization
Study on the training
needs of Older Adults
Dr. Alma Au
Department of Applied Social Sciences,
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Employee Retraining Board

 

IAA, has allocated $150,000 to support one meaningful project per year which meets the funding criteria such as multi-disciplinary collaboration, related to any one of our research foci and can enhance the practice and activities of our Project for the Third Age. All projects will be vetted by a research committee.

IAA funded research projects:

  Name Duration Target Participant Responsible Respective department / organization
1 Mobile cognitive-health (MCH) project for the older adults 2013-2014 Aged >50 100 Prof. David Man Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
2 A pilot study for testing an exercise intervention for pre-frail and frail older people in the community to promote active ageing 2014-2015 Aged>50 200 Prof. Claudia Lai School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
3 An electronic coach based on plantar-force measurement encouraging elderly people to walk more while considering their individual physical ability 2015-2016 Aged>65 -- Dr. Winson Lee Interdisciplinary Division of Biomedical Engineering
4 Effect of transcranial direct current stimulation at the right frontal eye field for improving saccadic eye movements in older adults 2016-2017 Aged>60 -- Dr. Allen Chong School of Optometry

 

To facilitate research activities, the research committee will also endorse research projects of IAA faculty members and approve involvement of IAA third age members to participate as respondents in the endorsed studies. In support of these research studies, IAA aims to help faculty members to expand their pilot projects to apply funding for large-scaled research studies. Eventually, we hope that research findings can be translated to products with clinical applications or can influence government policy and develop services for the betterment of older adults.

Summary of IAA endorsed Research Projects:

  Year  Responsible Reseacher(s) Research Projects  Collaborating institution(s)
1 2012 Dr. Alma Au
Mrs. Teresa Tsien
Implicit motives and successful ageing in diverse cultural contexts. University Of Osnabrück, Germany
2 2012 Dr. Clifford Choy
Mrs. Teresa Tsien
Effectiveness of life planning activities in enhancing the ageing adjustment of elderly people.   St James’ Settlement, Hong Kong
3 2012 Dr. Alma Au
Dr. Mimi Tse
Mrs. Teresa Tsien
Evaluation on the effectiveness of services provided by Community Support Services to fulfill the needs of young elders Social Welfare Department and Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, Community Services Division, HK
4 2012 Dr. Alma Au Prospective memory project Department of Applied Social Sciences, PolyU
5 2012 Dr. Winson Lee Biomechanical approach in facilitating long-distance walking Interdisciplinary Division of Biomedical Engineering, PolyU
6 2013 Dr. Alan Lai Intergenerational ESL Program United International College of the Hong Kong Baptist University and Pennsylvania State University 
7 2013 Prof. Claudia Lai
Dr. Anthony Wong
Frailty project School of Nursing, PolyU
8 2013 Dr. Mimi Tse The spending habits of silver market population School of Nursing, PolyU
9 2013 Dr. Eric Tam Postural changes of elderly during sitting Interdisciplinary Division of Biomedical Engineering, PolyU
10 2014 Dr. Mimi Tse Effectiveness of peer volunteers in an integrated pain management programme for frail older adults with chronic pain School of Nursing, PolyU
11 2014 Dr. Joe Au  A Study of Interrelationships between Design Preferences, Psychological Dimensions and Physical Factors of Female Elderly Fashion in Hong Kong Institute of Textiles and Clothing, PolyU
12 2014 Dr. Eric Tam Accessible Room Design for the Elderly and Disabled Interdisciplinary Division of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, PolyU
13 2014 Prof. David Man Validation of 27-Items Comprehensive Assessment ofProspective Memory Questionnaire – Short Form (Hong Kong version) for older adults with stroke Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, PolyU
14 2014 Dr. Allen Cheong Do older adults really know how to use their Smartphone? School of Optometry, PolyU
15 2015 Dr. Johnny Wong Towards quality-of-life-oriented smart-home technologies for promoting ageing-in-place Department of Building & Real Estate, PolyU
16 2015 Dr. Wang Yi Edible Water-repellant Film of Zein as Inner Water Barrier for Food Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, PolyU
17 2015 Dr. Eric Tam Study of effectiveness of group exercise in young elderly Interdisciplinary Division of Biomedical Engineering, PolyU
18 2015 Dr. Helen Ho Investigation on healthcare services in meeting the needs of elderly people in Hong Kong Department of Applied Social Sciences, PolyU
19 2015 Dr. Arnold YL Wong Ultrasonic and Surface Electromyography Measurements of Back Muscles Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, PolyU
20 2016 Dr. Allen Cheong Effect of barrier-free universal traffic lights on street crossing in Hong Kong older adults with vision loss School of Optometry, PolyU
21 2016 Dr. Bai Xue Ageing Chinese Adults' Care Expectations and Their Determinants: A Photovoice Study in Hong Kong Department of Applied Social Sciences, PolyU
22 2016 Dr. Syrine Lam Can the quality of life of third-age people with hypertension be enhanced through mutual-aid group? Department of Applied Social Sciences, PolyU
23 2016 Dr. Bai Xue Investigation of the Current Investment Behaviour and Retirement Satisfaction of Hong Kong Elderly Department of Applied Social Sciences, PolyU
24 2016 Kevin Denney The Future of Active Ageing in Hong Kong Institute of Design (ID) in Chicago, USA
25 2016 Dr. Kee Chea Su The Relationship between Systemic Hypertension and Topographical Retinal Thickness and Volume Change School of Optometry, PolyU
26 2016 Dr. Lou Wei Qun, Vivian Financial impacts of family caregiving: an investigation of the moderating effects
of workplace accommodative measures and domestic helpers
Department of Social Work and Social Administration, University of Hong Kong.
27 2016 Prof. Yu Wing Man Biomechanical Design of Age-Friendly Bras Using Finite Element Modelling Institute of Textiles and Clothing, PolyU
28 2016 Dr. Xie Yaojie A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial to Test the Complementary Therapeutic Efficacy of Tai Chi for the Prophylaxis of Episodic Migraine in Chinese Women School of Nursing, PolyU
29 2016 Dr. Ho Yuen Shan The Hong Kong Version of the Oxford Cognitive Screen for Dementia (HK-OCS-D): Development and Validation among Hong Kong
Chinese Cantonese-speaking Adults with Healthy Cognition
School of Nursing, PolyU
30 2016 Dr. Kam Hung Perception of Hong Kong residents toward sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck School of Hotel and Tourism Management, PolyU
31 2016 Prof. Daniel Lai Understanding Active Ageing in Third Age Adults Department of Applied Social Sciences, PolyU
32 2016 Prof. Daniel Lai Design for Third Age 2016: Meanings and Perspectives Department of Applied Social Sciences, PolyU
33 2016 Dr. Alma Au Physiology and Neural Bases of Emotion Regulation Department of Applied Social Sciences, PolyU
34 2017 Dr. Alma Au Social Participation: Neighbourhood and Neurons Department of Applied Social Sciences, PolyU
35 2017 Dr. Angela Leung Yee Man Changing the Way We Prevent Diabetes: the Use of Mobile Application School of Nursing, PolyU
36 2017 Dr. Alma Au Age-friendly City Project Department of Applied Social Sciences, PolyU
37 2017 Prof. Daniel Lai Life long learning study on Older Adults Department of Applied Social Sciences, PolyU
38 2017 Dr. Kwan Yiu Cho Acceptability and Feasibility of Voice Recognition Assisted Wireless Location-Based Service for Proximal Navigation towards People with Early Dementia in Hong Kong School of Nursing, PolyU
39 2017 Prof. Daniel Lai Study on resilience of ageing adults in Hong Kong Department of Applied Social Sciences, PolyU
40 2017 Dr. Alma Au A randomized controlled trial of cognitive behavioral therapy for adherence and sub-clinical depression (CBTAD AD) for type 2 diabetes in Hong Kong Department of Applied Social Sciences, PolyU
41 2017 Prof. Lam Ching Man Raising Children in Hong Kong: A mixed-methods study of generational shifts in parental beliefs and practice Department of Social Work, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
42 2017 Dr. Ho Yuen Shan Developing a new tool for the detection of postoperative cognitive dysfunction: a pilot study on establishing the baseline information among Cantonese-speaking Hong Kong adults with normal cognition School of Nursing, PolyU
43 2017 Dr. Yick Kit Lun A Novel Microclimate Visualisation System for Enhancing Footwear Design and Comfort Institute of Textiles and Clothing, PolyU
44 2017 Dr. SIU Yu Kwan, Kaxton Disaster and Social Development in Hong Kong Department of Applied Social Sciences, PolyU
45 2017 Denney Kevin Michael Healthy Ageing in Hong Kong School of Design, PolyU
46 2017 Prof. Chien Wai Tong Effects of a modified mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for family caregivers of people with dementia in stress reduction: a pilot randomized controlled trial School of Nursing, PolyU
47 2017 Dr. Mak Kit Yi The effect of transcranial direct current stimulation on upper limb motor performance for people with Parkinson’s disease. Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, PolyU
48 2017 Prof. Daniel Lai Outdoor activity study on aging adults Department of Applied Social Sciences, PolyU
49 2017 Dr. Margaret Mak The effect of transcranial direct current stimulation on upper limb motor performance for people with Parkinson’s disease Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, PolyU
50 2017 Dr. Bai Xue Retirement Planning and Quality of Later Life: The Roles of Financial Resources and Family Relationships Department of Applied Social Sciences, PolyU