Social support is an important component in gerontological care. It functions to provide reliable, continuous instruments and emotional support to meet the social and instrumental needs of the elderly. However, with cultural modernity and socioeconomic development, informal supportive networks for older adults were easily undermined or overlooked in modern countries, regardless of the long history of familism in states like Hong Kong and China. This article provides an overview of the importance of both formal and informal social support in gerontological care with a Hong Kong perspective, and explores the implications thereof for holistic social services. Based on a distillation of research findings and for formulation of effective social support practices for the elderly, the following three important areas will be discussed: (1) needs assessment and policy coordination, (2) public education and (3) self-help. We hope that, through extended social services and the lessons learned from Hong Kong, the community awareness of the elderly's social needs could be heightened and appropriate social policy enactment could be achieved.
|Title of host publication||Health Issues in Chinese Contexts|
|Publisher||Nova Science Publishers, Inc.|
|Number of pages||15|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2010|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences(all)