‘Silver economy’ provides many golden business opportunities – China Daily

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‘Silver economy’ provides many golden business opportunities

 

A new study in the United States found that over one-quarter of the caregivers for the elderly in the country are new immigrants, and the US Labor Department expected that the caregiver industry will grow by over 40 percent in the next 10 years, far ahead of other industries. This echoes the prediction by Hong Kong Labour and Welfare Secretary Law Chi-kwong that the city will need at least another 240,000 foreign domestic helpers, an increase of over 66 percent of the current figure, within the next few decades due to the aging population. In Japan, a large number of foreign workers to fill the 380,000 caregiver vacancies by 2025 is desperately needed.

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Technology can help in dealing with mental health issues – ejinsight

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Technology can help in dealing with mental health issues

 

Depression is widespread in Hong Kong, especially in these days of unrest. A recent study by a research team from the University of Hong Kong faculty of medicine has described the mental health problem in the territory as an “epidemic". The situation is serious not just in Hong Kong but worldwide.

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垂直綠化為何仍未普及 – 信報財經新聞, StartUpBeat

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垂直綠化為何仍未普及

 

國際知名的垂直花園(vertical garden)設計師勃朗(Patrick Blanc)去年訪港時表示,香港的氣候很適合垂直綠化的建築。香港寸金尺土,要在有限的用地加強綠化,抗衡全球暖化,綠化建築物的外牆看來是理想之選。

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Local solution solves the global problem of marine plastic garbage – Harbour Times

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Local solution solves the global problem of marine plastic garbage

 

It was shocking when 8kg of plastic bags were found in a dead pilot whale in Thailand last year. In March, it was also deeply disturbing when the body of a mother sperm whale was found in Italy with 22kg of plastic, garbage, and an unborn fetus inside its body. Greenpeace estimated that there are up to 12.7 million tons of plastic garbage flowing into the sea every year, which is equal to one truck of plastic garbage pouring into the sea every minute.

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Walking 4,400 steps a day keeps the doctor away – ejinsight

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Walking 4,400 steps a day keeps the doctor away

 

Following the unprecedented social disturbances in Hong Kong, many citizens have become restless, making them vulnerable to health problems. To ensure their personal well-being, people need to be on top of their health condition, using various means. Among the useful tools would be smart bracelets that can help monitor the sleep quality.

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法式救地球:城巿耕種 – 信報財經新聞, StartUpBeat

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法式救地球:城巿耕種

 

南美洲亞馬遜雨林大火迄今已經燃燒了5個多月,根據巴西國家空間研究所(INPE)的資料, 今年頭9個月被破壞的森林面積達7800平方公里,超過香港6倍的大小,破壞的範圍亦比去年多近一倍。當地人往往砍伐了珍貴的木材後,生火把剩下的清除以開闢土地耕作或做牧場──香港和這個農牧大國關係密切,去年巴西出口的164萬噸牛肉中,近四分一輸往香港,居全球首位。

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Environmental issues reach flashing red stage; coordinated action is needed now – Harbour Times

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Environmental issues reach flashing red stage; coordinated action is needed now

 

The United Nations has recently published a study written by 400 experts from 50 countries, mentioning that human activities, such as industrial farming, fishing, and use of petrochemical energy, will drive nearly one million species of plants and animals to extinction in a few decades. This biological extinction rate is thousands of times faster than 10 million years ago.

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【25年後的養老生活】護老產業如何點銀成金?智能家具需解決系統兼容問題 – 經濟通etnet

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【25年後的養老生活】護老產業如何點銀成金?智能家具需解決系統兼容問題

 

話說全球面臨銀髮大軍壓境,但有危自有機。在日本這個人口老化之國,一家位於東京的安老院總是訪客不絶,一年至少接待100個外國訪問團,他們有來自中國、南韓、荷蘭等不同國家。大家要看的,是這家安老院採用的20款機械人,有人型、小狗型、毛茸茸的海豹型、樹型等,它們會溫柔地發聲、眨眼做反應,或者如幼兒般鳴叫,給院舍長者增添了不少生趣。

 

事實上,這些可治癒人心的機械人需求甚殷,客戶中包括丹麥近400間的安老院舍。

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