Satellite towns in Hong Kong have recently begun to face the problems of an aging population. The towns were built in the 1970s, and at the time the nation did not realize that in the future, the satellite towns would need to hold a much older population. Many of the housing opportunities are simply not suitable to the older population. Many of the high rises have stairs and the bathrooms have bathtubs, which are difficult and dangerous for the elderly population to use daily. The growth rate of elderly in towns like Tuen Mun, Tai Po, and Sha Tin will likely range from 34-41 percent compared to around 20 percent in other districts. Because the number of residents over 65 years old is expected to grow by more than a third over the next five years, towns like Tuen Mun, Tai Po, and Sha Tin must develop a way to overcome the ageing population.
However, the government has chosen to not address the problem completely. Only five out of the eleven sites that were determined to see new housing for the elderly were in the towns with the rapidly expanding elderly population.
Part of the reason why there is not policy set up for these towns yet is that there is still some necessary data missing from coming up with an effective strategy to combat the ageing population. The Labor and Welfare Bureau, Development Bureau, Education Bureau, and the Census and Statistics Department still need data about the economic background of the population that will turn 60 or 65 by 2018. In order for them to effectively design the new housing, they need to know what the people can afford. Once the government has more information about the needs of the population, hopefully they will work on the problem. They will need to decrease the reliance of stairs, put in more showers, and open up more elderly social services and day cares in the area.