• Karakters_5_samenwerking

    Samenwerking | 合作

  • Karakters_6_ontwikkeling

    Ontwikkelingen | 发展

  • Karakters_4_kennis

    Kennis | 知识

  • Karakters3_uitwisseling

    Uitwisseling | 交流

  • Karakters_1_samenwerking

    Samenwerking | 合作

  • Karakters2_werelden verbinden

    Werelden verbinden | 国际接轨

And like Japan, China's aging population is also putting a serious strain on people's pocketbooks. What's different is that China has developed an aging society before it becomes wealthy enough. More than 200 million Chinese are now 60 or older, and inadequate care for the elderly has become a serious problem. More than 90 percent of China’s elderly choose to spend their golden years at home rather in a “home.” CCTV’s Li Qiuyuan spoke with four families to get a glimpse of how the country’s elderly care functions, and what can be done to improve the much debated home-based pension support. Home for more than 3,000 elderly Chinese all aged over 60, this retirement community in West Beijing is a microcosm of the larger elderly society in China. Wang Shuhua’s husband has been sick for 21 years. The couple has no children. Wang is constantly stressed about the costs of in-home care. "Our care worker gets paid 2,800 yuan a month. During spring festival, it's 3,500 yuan. But my monthly pension is only a little more than 2,600 yuan. We also have to cover her food and accommodation,” Wang said. Many elderly residents in this community have chronic diseases and need daycare or in-home services. 75-year-old Ma Zhongyuan says it was when she couldn’t move that she realized how inconvenient her life has been made by the neighborhood’s lack of facilities catering to the elderly. "There is no clinic, no cafeteria for retirees in this community. I needed to get my flu shots, but I couldn’t move. I called the neighborhood hospital and asked them if they could send some one… nobody wants to come," Ma said.

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