• Every year about 60,000 working adults in Hong Kong enter retirement. Due to the influence of the 1950s baby boom, the retirement population will peak around 2018, when up to 300,000 people will leave work within a few years. Successful adjustment to retirement is the crucial first step to quality aging. On the other hand, poor adjustment is a major risk factor for mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.

    In response to the challenge, The University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Christian Service jointly launched a two-year project, CADENZA Community Project: AIMS - Active Interest Mentorship Scheme, funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. By introducing a mentorship intervention model, individuals who will retire soon or have just retired are assisted to develop active interests, participating in interactive and meaningful activities to derive satisfaction and motivation for a healthy and positive retired life.
    Project Period
    February 2011 - January 2013

    • Address:

    • Employee Development Service, 7/F, 33 Granville Road, Kowloon
      2731 6366   Fax: 2724 3703
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  • Project Content

    • (1) Senior Mentorship Programme on Active Interest
      This is an intervention programme to engage soon-to-retire people to prepare for retirement. Retired people will be recuired as mentors to help soon-to-retire people develop active interests before retirement.
    • (2) Professional training and support
      In order to disseminate the key features of this intervention model, HKU will conduct lectures and workshops for about 200 professionals in the fields of social service and human resources management.
    • (3) Public education
      To raise the public's awareness towards the importance of retirement preparedness, a symposium on active interest culture development and "active interests" expos will be organised.