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Schermafdruk 2016 06 21 20.30.41You might know that I am very interested in making cities more livable, vibrant, and fun places for youth and for older adults. If you make great places for youth and older adults, you’re going to make great places for everyone. That is the idea behind Canada’s 8-80 Cities non-profit and the conclusion reached by my PSU Workshop team in our Toward an Age-Friendly Portland report (click the image of the report to download). What is an age-friendly city? An age-friendly city is defined by the World Health Organization as, “[A place that] encourages active aging by optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age. In practical terms, an age-friendly city adapts its structures and services to be accessible to and inclusive of older people with varying needs and capacities.” This post will analyze Beijing’s age friendliness and provide some general information about population aging in China. What is the quality of life for older adults in Beijing and China? Is Beijing age friendly? Let’s explore these questions. Like most countries in the world, China’s population is rapidly aging. As the population rapidly urbanizes and continues to “reform and open up” societal shifts take place that may affect the care and quality of life for older adults in China. In 2010, China completed the world’s biggest census. More than 400 million homes were visited and about 1.34 billion people were counted. The results of rapid urbanization were tallied: more than half of the Chinese population live in cities. The census . . . . read more

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