Seniors to make up one-fourth of Hong Kong population by 2013

16:54, June 09, 2010      

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By the end of 2013, one quarter of Hong Kong's population will be seniors, said Henry Tang, chief secretary for administration of Hong Kong on Wednesday.

Tang made these remarks during a conference on Hong Kong's families and responsibility. Currently, 12 percent of Hong Kong people are 65 years old or above and it is estimated that by the end of 2013, the elderly will account for one-fourth of the population and the number of seniors aged 85 years or older will increase two fold, he said.

Since traditional Chinese prefer spending their later years at home rather than nursing facilities, it will be a major challenge for Hong Kong to ensure the comfort and well-being of its aging population.

Furthermore, health and medical issues are also becoming increasingly serious with the rising proportion of elderly residents.

The birth rate in Hong Kong is 0.9 percent, which is lower than the world average level. Compared to 1981, the average marriage age and the age at which women have their first baby have both increased by five years.

By People's Daily Online


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