China issues guideline on better care for senior citizens

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China issues guideline on better care for senior citizens

China’s Central Government on Friday issued a guideline that prescribed better service to the country’s senior citizens.

The guideline, released by the State Council, China’s cabinet, included 20 key tasks to cater for the increased population of the elderly in China.

Amongst the tasks are establishing electronic database of the elderly’s health conditions, providing a pension for poor or disabled seniors, increasing access to educational resources and setting up long-term-care insurance system.

The Ministry of Civil Affairs said that more than 220 million Chinese citizens were over the age of 60 at the end of 2016.

The government has predicted that the elderly would account for about one-quarter of the population by 2030.

The State Council issued a plan in March for state-owned nursing homes to account for at least 30 per cent of the nation’s total residential care facilities for the elderly by 2020. (Xinhua/NAN)


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