Professor Lai Wing-leung, Daniel

Research Focus

Social work and Gerontology, Health and Aging, Culture and Immigration, and Outcome Evaluation

Selected Research Project


01/2021 to 12/2024, Health differences among South Asian and Chinese older adults in Hong Kong: The role of social capital (Funder Research Grant Council - General Research Fund, HK$902,148)


09/2020-11/2022, Project Evaluation of the Mapperthon Sports Project (Funder: Chinese YMCA, HK$400,000
04/2020-10/2020, Effects of social and political unrests on mental health of older people in Hong Kong (Funder: Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office, HK$492,200)


10/2019-04/2021, Consultancy Study on Managing the Occupational Safety and Health Challenges on Ageing Workforce in Hong Kong (Funder: Occupational Safety and Health Council, HK650,000 (operated from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University))
09/2019-08/2021, Positive Ageing and Happiness (Funder: Occupational Safety and Health Council, HK$991,011 (operated from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University))
03/2019-02/2022, Gearing Up for the Third Age (Funder: Lee Kum Kee Family Foundation, HK$5,000,000 (operated from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University))


09/2018-08/2020, Infusion Active Ageing Education Project (Funder: Zeshan Foundation, HK$2,133,471(operated from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University))

Selected Publication


Lee, L. P., Har, A. W. Y., Ngai, C. H., Lai, D. W. L., Lam, B. Y. H., & Chan, C. C. H. (2020). Audiovisual integrative training for augmenting cognitive-motor functions in older adults with mild cognitive impairment. BMC Geriatrics, 20(64). https://doi:10.1186/s12877-020-1465-8
Au, A., Lai, D.W.L., Yip, H. M., Chan, S., Lai, S., Chaudhury, H., Scharlach, A., & Leeson, G. (2020). Sense of community mediating between age-friendly characteristics and life satisfaction of community-dwelling older Adults. Frontiers in psychology, 11, 86.
Au, A., Lai, D. W. L., Biggs, S., Cheng, S.-T., Haapala-Biggs, I., Chow, A., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2020). Perspective-Taking Interventions for Intergenerational Caregivers of Alzheimer\'s Diseases: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Research on Social Work Practice, 30(3), 306-319.
Bai, X., Lai, D.W.L., & Liu, C. (2020). Personal care expectations: Photovoices of Chinese ageing adults in Hong Kong. Health and Social Care in the Community, 28(3), 1071-1081.


Fang, B., Yan, E., & Lai, D. W. L. (2019). Risk and protective factors associated with domestic abuse among older Chinese in the People's Republic of China. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 82, 120-127, DOI:
Lai, D. W.L., Li, J., Lee, V. W. and Dong, X. (2019). Environmental Factors Associated with Chinese Older Immigrants' Social Engagement. J Am Geriatr Soc, 67: S571-S576. doi:10.1111/jgs.15899
Lai, D. W.L., Lee, V. W., Li, J. and Dong, X. (2019). The Impact of Intergenerational Relationship on Health and Well?Being of Older Chinese Americans. J Am Geriatr Soc, 67: S557-S563. doi:10.1111/jgs.15893
Tong, H. M., Lai, D. W. L. & Walsh. C. (2019). Formal social participation and utilization of community service among urban Chinese who live alone in Shanghai, China. Journal of Social Service Research, 45(4), 520-529. doi: 10.1080/01488376.2018.1481172


Hewson, J., Kwan, C., Larkin-Black, Samaha, A., & Lai, D. (2018). Evaluating age-friendliness: A case example of a baseline assessment of one mid-sized Canadian city. The Journal of Aging and Social Change, 8(3), 1-16. doi: 10.18848/2576-5310/CGP/v08i03/1-16


Hewson, J. A., Kwan, C., Shaw, M., & Lai, D.W.L. (2017). Developing age-friendly social participation strategies: Service providers' perspectives about organizational and sector readiness for aging baby boomers. Journal of Activities, Adaptation & Aging.
Au, A.M.L., Chan, C.Y.S., Yip, H.M., Kwok, Y.C., Lai, K.Y., Leung, K.M., Lee, L.F. A, Lai, W.L.D., Tsien, T., & Lai, M. K. S. (2017). Age-friendliness and life satisfaction of young-old and old-old in Hong Kong. Current Gerontology and Geriatric Research.
Lai, D.W.L., & Bai, X. (2017). Incontinence and depression in older Chinese women: The mediating effect of social participation. Health and Social Work. doi: 10.1093/hsw/hlx018
Lai, D.W.L., Li, L., & Daoust, G.D. (2017). Factors influencing suicide behaviours in immigrant and ethno-cultural minority groups: A systematic review. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. doi: 10.1007/s10903-016-0490-3


Bai, X., Hung, K., & Lai, D.W.L. (2016). The role of travel in enhancing life satisfaction among Chinese older adults in Hong Kong. Ageing and Society. doi: 10.1017/S0144686X16000611
Bai, X., Lai, D.W.L., & Chow, N.W.S. (2016). Measuring older adults' individual modernity: Validation of the adapted Multidimensional Scale of Chinese Individual Modernity. Sage Open, Jan.-Mar. 2016, 1-13.