We are a group of professionals with different backgrounds in medicine, psychology, social science, law and corporate business. We strive to educate the public with evidence-based information, through lecture, corporate training, small-scale psychology education workshop, and private consultations. Our aim is to give elderly persons and their adult children a good grasp of the subject to carry out SAFE planning.
Chinese tradition values large families in which the young take care of the old. In the old days, people rarely lived to the age of 70. Today large families are rare in Hong Kong. And thanks to advances in medicine and health care, people live much longer. While long life is welcome, it also brings more health problems. Vascular diseases and stroke, the most prevalent chronic diseases among the aged, have been joined by dementia. Dementia is definitely age-related. Its first symptoms usually appear at around 65; by age 85 one in every three persons is a victim of the disease. These statistics cannot be ignored in Hong Kong, which boasts of the longest lifespan in the world. Yet, compared to other developed areas of the world, our city is lagging behind in the prevention and assessment of dementia, and in public knowledge of how to plan for old age before dementia sets in. With SAFE planning, we hope to improve public awareness of dementia. We want to encourage the elderly to start planning for their own future while they are still mentally capable. We also want to persuade adult children to keep a close watch on their aging parents' physical and mental condition, and to help them plan for their golden age. This is a matter in life that we cannot evade or put off.
WHAT IS S.A.F.E.？
The Scope of SAFE Planning
In the legal context, a dementia patient is a "Mentally Incapacitated Person" (MIP). A MIP cannot sign legal documents, e.g. documents governing one's own medical and financial arrangements. Planning must therefore be completed in a "period of validity" before dementia sets in. The scope of SAFE planning is as follows.
|1) Risk assessment||2) Non-medical activities to prevent and delay degradation||3) Advance Care Planning-Dementia (ACP-D)|
|4) Legal, financial and medical arrangements||5) Skills for communication with elderly parents|
|1) Risk assessment|
|2) Non-medical activities to prevent and delay degradation|
|3) Advance Care Planning-Dementia (ACP-D)|
|4) Legal, financial and medical arrangements|
|5) Skills for communication with elderly parents|