Theme for this year: Elderly Retreat Hostel

World Green Organisation (WGO) is a non-profit which tackles issues and raises awareness about environmental conservation, livelihood and economic affairs. Riding on last year’s success, WGO continues to cooperate with Charles K. Kao Foundation for Alzheimer’s Disease and convene a new round of “Social Innovation Inventor – Elderly Retreat Hostel Design Competition”.

According to the Charles K. Kao Foundation for Alzheimer’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common cause of dementia, thought to be associated with 50-70% of dementia globally. In Hong Kong, a study undertaken in 2006 by the Department of Health and the Chinese University of Hong Kong estimated that one-in-three individuals over 85 years of age suffers from dementia, and thus potentially Alzheimer’s. The current number of dementia sufferers in Hong Kong exceeds 70,000 people. With an aging population, the number of dementia/Alzheimer’s cases is expected to grow at a rate of 100% every five years, and, by 2036, 280,000 individuals are expected to suffer from dementia. As the disease progresses, it affects the quality of life of sufferers and their caregivers. In addition, high medical costs, long-term residential care and significant psychological, practical and economic strains are great on the family. It can also contribute to economic burdens, at the community-level.

Making use of the restored landfills, a leisure environment will be created for elderly with early dementia and their family members to enjoy a vacation. In addition, setting up the Elderly Retreat Hostel in restored landfills not only can utilize land resources, but also provides positive impact on the environment. Through this campaign, young innovators will be granted the opportunity to think laterally and creatively, and design solutions which will benefit society, whilst they also gain experience caring for vulnerable members of the society.

If you want to learn more about Alzheimer ’s disease, please refer to the following link.

WGO will arrange briefing sessions for participating teams to further explain Alzheimer ’s disease. Those briefing sessions will be held during February 2016.