CADENZA Symposium 2013
Matching Technology to Needs

The theme for this year’s symposium is Gerontechnology. Gerontechnology is the study of technology and ageing with the aim of creating technological environment, including assistive technology and inclusive design, for innovative and independent living and social participation of older persons in good health, comfort and safety. Areas of application include housing, personal mobility and transportation, communication, health, work and recreation.

The symposium will focus on the use of advanced technology in care of elderly people and supporting independent living. Both overseas and local experts will be invited to speak at the Symposium. Overseas speakers include Dr. Takanori Shibata, the inventor of a seal robot named PARO that has documented psychological benefits of animal therapy for dementia patients and that has been certified by the U.S. Federal Drug Administration as a medical device. Local experts include The Chinese University of Hong Kong Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Automation and Computer-Aided Engineering Professor Xu Yangsheng, CADENZA Project Director Professor Jean Woo, Jockey Club Centre for Positive Ageing Director Professor Timothy Kwok as well as representatives from Innovations and Technology Commission, Hong Kong Housing Society, Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design and Shatin Hospital.


Opening Ceremony

9:00 am – 9:45 am

 

Welcoming Remarks 
Professor Joseph Sung SBS JP 
Vice-Chancellor and President, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

 

Opening Address 
Dr Simon Ip CBE JP 
Deputy Chairman, The Hong Kong Jockey Club

 

Officiating Address 
Dr Ko Wing Man BBS JP 
Secretary for Food and Health, Food and Health Bureau

 

Keynote Address 
Professor Alfred Chan BBS JP 
Chairman, Elderly Commission

 

Souvenir Presentation 
Dr Simon Ip 
Ms Janet Wong, Commissioner for Innovation and Technology 
Professor Joseph Sung 
Professor John Burns, Dean of Social Sciences, The University of Hong Kong


Talks

9:45am – 12:00 noon 

 

Introduction
Professor Jean Woo
Project Director, CADENZA

 

Seal Robot, PARO, as Neurological Therapeutic Device for Dementia patients
Dr Takanori Shibata
Chief Senior Research Scientist, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan

 

Robotic Technology for the Elder Care
Professor Xu Yangsheng
President, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen

 

Technologies to Help Older People Maintain Independent Living
Ms Alice Chow
Manager, Bio-Medical Electronics Team, Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute


Panel Discussion

12:00 noon – 12:30 pm 

 

Potential Use of Advanced Technology in Care of Older People

 

Moderator:
Professor Yue On-ching
Science Advisor, Innovation and Technology Commission

 

Discussants:
Professor Jean Woo
Dr Takanori Shibata
Ms Alice Chow
Professor Qian Huihuan (Research Assistant Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)


Discussion Forums

2:00 pm -5:00 pm 

 

Part I: Innovation for Supporting Independent Living of the Elderly

 

Moderator:
Dr Terry Lum, Director, Sau Po Centre on Ageing, The University of Hong Kong

 

Speakers:

 

Innovations in home design for senior citizen housing
Dr Cheung Moon-wah, General Manager (Elderly Services), Hong Kong Housing Society

 

Design for social innovation in active ageing
Mr Alvin Yip, Director, Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

 

Technologies to enhance living quality of the elderly in the community
Ms Irene Leung, Chief Executive Officer, Senior Citizen Home Safety Association

 

Fabric-based solutions for better living quality for elderly
Dr Ho Kai Chiu, Director, Research and Development, Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel

 

Smart use of information and communications technology for frail elderly
Ms Maggie Leung, Executive Director, The Hong Kong Society for the Aged


 

Part II: Experience in Use of Advanced Technology for Geriatric Patients

 

Moderator:
Professor Timothy Kwok, Director, Jockey Club Centre for Positive Ageing

 

Speakers:

 

Experience in use of IT for older people
Mr Alex Yue, Department Manager for Occupational Therapy, Shatin Hospital

 

Pet robot therapy: experience in Shatin Hospital
Ms Kitty Sit Lok Mun, Occupational Therapist II, Shatin Hospital

 

Evaluation of use of IT products for geriatric rehabilitation
Dr Chan Tuen Ching, Resident Specialist, Queen Mary Hospital & Fung Yiu King Hospital


Closing Remarks

Professor Jean Woo
Project Director, CADENZA  





CME/CPD Accreditation

College/ Programme

CME/ CPD Points Award

CME/CPD Category

MCHK CME Programme 5 Passive
Community Medicine 5  
Dental Surgeons 4.5 Cat C
Emergency Medicine 4.5 PP
Family Physicians 5  
Occupational Therapists Board 4.5  
Ophthalmologists 2 Passive
Otorhinolaryngologists 2.5 Cat 2.2
Pathologists 2.5 PP
Physicians 1.5  
Physiotherapy 5  
Psychiatrists 4 PP/CP
Radiologists 4.5 Cat B
Surgeons 4.5 Passive