“Aged” Nanjing tries all means for elderly care
2018-04-17 16:28:00

Nanjing City, capital of Jiangsu Province, released the latest white paper on elderly care information on April 13.

By the end of last year, Nanjing had a registered permanent residence population of 6.8067 million, among which people above 65 years old accounted for over 14 percent for the first time.

Zhao Jun, deputy director of the city’s Civil Affairs Bureau, said a country is defined by UN as "aged" if the percentage of the elderly population exceeds 14 percent and this is the first time for Nanjing to cross the threshold.

Chen Youhua, dean of School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Nanjing University, said Nanjing ranks among Chinese cities with the proportion of aging population well above the national average.

Facing the great need of elderly care services, the “aged” city has experimented with comprehensive measures in recent years to supply the services for the elderly, such as opening nursing homes, building community-based service centers and integrating medical treatment with elderly care. At the same time, both the hardware and service quality in elderly care centers have been improved year by year.

By the end of last year, Nanjing has 225 major institutes providing various services to the elderly population. The government also has increased financial subsidy to medial and elderly care organizations. Nanjing is now home to 73 institutes that combings medical treatment with elderly care, while the community health services are accessible to 100 percent of the urban population.

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