China expects communities to take more care of elderly people – People’s Daily

From People’s Daily Online:

China is encouraging communities to provide services for the elderly, as pressure grows on retirement homes and individual families.

“Community services can be easily organized in neighborhoods where residents have friendly relations and tend to help each other,” said Guo Ping, deputy director of the China Research Center on Aging.

He suggested communities set up special teams to pay regular visits to the elderly at home, offering cleaning, laundry and medical care services.

According to Guo, there are now more than 143 million Chinese seniors aged over 60. They represent 11 percent of the country’s total population and account for half of the total grey population in Asia and 20 percent worldwide. [Full Text]

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