Over 15 million of China's elderly need long-term care

16:50, October 29, 2010      

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China now has more than 15 million elderly who need long-term care, and the number is still growing rapidly, according to information from the Gerontological Society of China (GSC).

The GSC held the National Elder Care Services Forum in Changxing County, Zhejiang Province, a coastal province of eastern China, on Oct. 25 and Oct. 26. Around 400 scholars in gerontology and executives of elderly-related institutions from 27 provinces and cities nationwide attended the forum.

An official from the GSC said that rapid aging of China's population from 2010 to 2015 will create a significant impact on the country's social and economic development.

According to statistics from the forum, the number of Chinese people at the age of 60 or above reached 167 million in 2010, accounting for nearly 13 percent of China's total population. It is very likely for China's aged population to grow 8 million each year in the future, indicating that its total aged population will exceed 200 million by 2013 and that the share of Chinese people over the age of 65 in the country's total population will exceed that of Japan by 2030.

The official said that now is a crucial time for China to build a government-led, sustainable long-term elder-care system that suits the specific conditions of the country.

Scholars in gerontology mainly discussed the improvements of aging services and the development of a long-term care system at the forum.

By People's Daily Online


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