Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau Launches Household Survey in March to Study the Preparation and Living Conditions for Elderly Life of Macao Residents

  • Research Team hoping that sampled households can actively assist in the household survey

  • Introducing the interviewer’s uniform of this household survey at the press conference

Entrusted by the Social Welfare Bureau (IAS), Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau (KWNC) will conduct a household survey for the "Research on Preparation for Elderly Life and Life-long Development of Macao Residents" from 10 March to 30 June, 2018 targeting at Macao residents aged 35 or above, with the objective of collecting about 2,000 valid and responsive questionnaires. The sampled households will start to receive notification letters issued by the College from this month.

The press conference on "Research on Preparation for Elderly Life and Life-long Development of Macao Residents" was held at the Lecture Theatre of KWNC's main campus on 7 March, 2018. Division Head of Senior Service Division of IAS Kam Kit Leng, KWNC President and Research Leader Van Iat Kio and Associate Professor and Research Team Member Leong Sok Man provided an introduction on the details of this research.

With the development of Macao's society and the improvement of medical technology, the health standards of Macao residents have improved and life expectancy will gradually increase. Division Head Kam stated that the Macao SAR Government would further assist residents in strengthening their understanding of elderly life and enhancing the individual's awareness to the elderly-care responsibility. On the other hand, residents are encouraged to prepare and plan their elderly life as early as possible so that they can prevent individuals from feeling inadequate about their own life when reaching late adulthood, thereby to implement the elderly service policy advocated by the government which is "promoting active social participation and active ageing". The purpose of this research is to investigate the preparation and living conditions for elderly life of Macao residents and the data collected will be served as a reference for the future elderly-care policy and development of senior services in Macao.

KWNC President Van stated that the target respondents of this research would be permanent or non-permanent residents of Macao aged 35 or above who could communicate in Cantonese, Putonghua, Hokkien and other commonly used Chinese dialects. The survey will be conducted anonymously and confidentially and the data collected will be used for statistics and analysis purposes only. She also called for sampled households' active engagement in this survey so that the data of local residents' awareness, sense of responsibility, actual preparation for active ageing could be collected and used for the evaluation of the life satisfaction and living arrangements of the older persons, and their views on current senior services can be heard as well.

Professor Leong reminded households that they could verify the identity of interviewers. All interviewers will wear a red uniform, carry a valid identification badge and a satchel, and they will visit the sampled housing units in pair to collect relevant information. Some respondents who are users of elderly service agencies aged 65 or above will be invited to participate in the second case interview. If the sampled households fail to conduct the survey as scheduled, they can make an appointment via the College helpline at 82956226. For inquiries, please contact KWNC at 82956226 or IAS at 83997723.