Quality of life is more important than extension of life


Patrick Cheung, right, shares his perspectives during the Modern Aging launch.

At the Modern Aging launch, I heard Patrick Cheung, founder and honorary executive director of The Jade Club, a social enterprise based in Hong Kong that is tackling elderly care challenges in Greater China, touch on the importance of quality of life.

He shared this with me in an e-mail after the event: “Quality of life is more important than extension of life. Most governments use majority of their budget in saving life at hospitals rather than improving quality of life at old age. Hong Kong specifically needs to focus on this area and look at ageing-in-place. Being able to die at home surrounded with your loved one is much better than dying in the hospital.

“For elderly care, we need to look at a more holistic approach that includes the elements of fun, exercise and social rather than purely from a medical perspective. Even if a person is at the age of 100 and having mobility issues, they still have the right to enjoy an active life with fun, family and love.”

 


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