Center for Aging Science Bite-Sized Seminars: Introductions to Aging-Related Research in the University
02:30pm - 04:00pm
Via Zoom

Seminar 1: 
Date :  19 Jan 2021 (TUE)
Time :  14:30-16:00pm
Venue: Online Via Zoom (Meeting ID and passcode will be sent upon successful registration) 

The Life of a Stem Cell: From Young to Old
Speaker: Prof Tom Cheung (LIFS)

Remeasuring and Reconceptualizing Aging
Speaker: Prof Stuart Gietel-Basten (SOSC)
Abstract: Rather than taking 60 or 65 as a 'constant' 'boundary' to old age; adopting a 'prospective' encompasses dynamic changes in health and mortality between and within societies over time. This approach of fixing the boundary to old age by remaining life expectancy [RLE], as devised by Sanderson and Scherbov, has been influential in producing a more realistic micro- and macro-level view of aging and, in particular, in the development of better means of comparing societies and population groups which, in turn, can better shape the policy agenda. In this paper we introduce the core concepts of 'prospective ageing'; some results from our recently published papers, and some preliminary results from new studies.

Seminar 2: 
Date :   26 Jan 2021 (TUE)
Time :  14:30-16:00pm
Venue: Online Via Zoom (Meeting ID and passcode will be sent upon successful registration)
Vision-Based Wellness Analytics for Seniors in Elderly Care Centers
Speaker: Prof Tim Cheng (ECE/CSE)
Abstract: The rapid growth in the aging population in Hong Kong yet limited manpower to provide essential elderly care calls for new tools to assist caregivers for improving both efficiency and quality of care in elderly care centers. In this study, we aim to develop an automatic, vision-based system to analyze and monitor the physical and mental well-being of senior citizens and to assist staff to gain better insights to the seniors they are taking care of.

Through collaboration with Haven of Hope Christian Service, we are developing a real-time video content analysis system capable of analyzing the elderly citizens’ activities and their social interactions with one another. The activities that the current system targets to identify include dozing off, sitting, yawning, watching TV, eating, exercising, and talking.  Therefore daily analysis of any senior’s eating pattern and duration, intensity of performing exercises, level of interactions with others, and drowsiness level becomes feasible, and such analytics can reveal their daily routines, as well as the long-term pattern and trend of their activities. We are also adding relevant new features to the system, including alerting caregivers as soon as anomalous behaviors, such as restlessness, are detected.

Financial Choices of Domestic Workers and Their Post-Work Economic Protection
Speaker: Prof Sujata Visaria (ECON) 
Abstract: Despite their predictable and regular incomes, Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong, China commonly finance large expenses through interest-bearing loans rather than savings. Our analysis of survey data and records of a credit cooperative for migrant workers suggests that this cannot be explained by their inability to save, financial illiteracy, short time horizon, or limited liability. Instead, we speculate that the strict schedules and high interest rates of these loans create a disciplining effect that these individuals find desirable. This may help them avoid unnecessary consumption or demands from their social network. However, interventions should also consider that these workers often receive nonmonetary reciprocal benefits from members of their social network.


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02:30pm - 04:00pm
Via Zoom
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