Caring Communities for Dementia Campaign


The service of app and ibeacon device won the Hong Kong ICT Awards 2022: Smart People (Smart Inclusion) Gold Award which organised by The Hong Kong Council of Social Service.
Ms Florence Ho, General Manager of Jockey Club Centre for Positive Ageing, Prof Gary Chan, Professor of Department of Computer Science and Engineering,
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Ms Grace Fong, Senior Service Manager (Continuing Care) of St. James' Settlement as the representative to accept the award.

The Caring Communities for Dementia Campaign is an important project for the community, with the support of technology, to help locate people with dementia who have gotten lost. Due to cognitive decline, people with dementia have a higher incidence rate of getting lost. Through the “Dementia’s Secret Angel” APP and the iBeacon device, family members and caregivers of those with dementia who are lost can share vital information. The public can play the role of “Dementia Angels” and help locate people once receiving a lost-person report. The goal is to rally the community to become dementia-friendly and help return those who have lost their way to their families.

Target Audience

People with dementia, their family members and caregivers, and the general public


Through an advanced and simple tracing network, the campaign hopes to rally the public to help find people with dementia who have gotten lost. It also serves to enhance public awareness of dementia and how to help people with dementia from getting lost, and move closer towards the goal of building a caring community.


iBeacon Devices


  • No need to recharge everyday: the device uses low power consumed Bluetooth technology which is suitable for people with dementia to bring along with
  • Friendly design: iBeacon has 3 types for selection, light in weight and practical for use
  • Preview of battery power: Can monitor the battery power from the mobile app so as to manage the power supply as soon as it reaches to the low level
  • Easy to feedback on the traces of people who got lost: the Bluetooth technology will automatically transmit the information to caregivers which facilitates the tracing

Application Criteria

  • Age over 50; AND
  • Diagnosed with dementia OR assessed by social worker and confirmed with cognitive decline; AND
  • Living at home (not living in any residential care homes); AND
  • Able to go out with or without supplementary aids; AND
  • Caregiver must have basic knowledge of using smartphone and mobile app

iBeacon Distribution Arrangement

Distribution Arrangement Enquiries & Registration
Deliver by post Jockey Club Centre for Positive Ageing
6804 6307

– Please make registration. Each month will have 15 quotas to distribute on first-come-first-serve basis
– Caregiver must present a certification to validate that his/her family member was diagnosed with dementia, for example, diagnosis letter, medicine bag
(*Assessment must be made within 1 year prior to the application by social worker / healthcare professional and evaluated as stage 4 or above OR the cognitive ability was  classified as ≤ 2nd by social worker through HK-MoCA evaluation)

Enquiries and Application



The Jockey Club Center for Positive Ageing and Prof Gary Chan, Professor of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology jointly implement the “Caring Communities for Dementia”. The project hopes to provide caregivers with considerate and convenient services for people with dementia by combining community networks and technology and promote dementia care information to the public, so people with dementia can safely and actively participate in community activities and ageing in place, and relieve caregiver stress.

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