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Grace Chan

Ms. Grace Chan is a social worker by profession in Hong Kong. She is currently working in the field of Innovation and Technology for Ageing of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service. Grace’s first involvement in the International Federation on Ageing (IFA) was 13 years ago. At present, she is a member of the IFA Board of Directors, and she also serves as the Vice President (Innovation and Technology).  Apart from this, Grace is formally invited as a member of the Strategic Advisory Group for the WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities in 2013.

In Hong Kong, Grace is a former member of the Elderly Commission. She also sits on some networks, committees and appeal boards in the statutory bodies of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and under Administration Wing. Her areas of expertise include dementia, caregiving, long-term care, Age-friendly Cities and Communities, elderly participation, lifelong learning and innovation and technology for ageing.

In 2008, she engaged different sectors and led the writing of the Hong Kong Plan of Action on Aging. It is now considered a localised plan to support the implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing and the local agenda for social work and development between 2010 and 2020. In 2000, she was awarded The Outstanding Social Worker in Hong Kong. In 2019, she was awarded as Ageing Asia Global Ageing Influencer 2019, in honouring the outstanding achievements of the most influential leader impacting ageing in the Asia Pacific.

Open letter to World Health Organization (and to Member States). WHO must prioritize the needs of older people in its response to the Covid-19 pandemic

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