• Chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes, are by far the leading cause of mortality in the world. According to Hospital Authority, around 70% of the Hong Kong elders has at least one chronic condition. In view of a growing ageing population in our society, it is inevitable that an excessive reliance on medical treatment and an immense direct health costs from elder patients have been becoming a social issue.

    To cope with these threatening challenges, a two-year pilot project aiming at training elders to be lay leaders to promote self-management behaviors among the elderly population is initiated. This is funded by CADENZA: A Jockey Club Initiative for Seniors of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. A working team, steered by The Salvation Army and Shatin Hospital, will undertake research and conduct the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP), an evidence-based model developed by Dr. Kate Lorig at Stanford University, and already been adopted world-wide.
    Project Period
    October 2007 to March 2010
    Expected Results
    With the success of the pilot project, it is hoped that in a long run the partnership developed between the community service for elderly and health sector will help empower elders to manage their symptoms brought by chronic disease and thus minimize overusing health service.

       Leaflet for Elder (1, 2)
       Leaflet for Helping professional (1, 2)
       Newsletter ( 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 )

    The Salvation Army
    CADENZA Community Project: Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
    • Address:

    • Room 316, 3/F., Tai Po Community Centre, 2 Heung Sze Wui Street, Tai Po, N.T.
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  • Programme

    The pilot project consists of the following three components:
    (1)To mobilize lay leaders as a major force of the self-management mobilization movement;
    (2)To study the effectiveness of elder lay leaders to lead the CDSMP in the district of New Territories East;
    (3)To improve and strengthen the locally based CDSMP delivery model to pave the way for initiating a territory-wide movement.

     For more details, please refer to the Chinese version.