The number of Chinese citizens aged 60 or above reached 241 million by the end of 2017, representing 17.3 percent of the country’s total population.
The China National Committee on Aging (CNCA) projected on Monday that the figure is expected to peak at 487 million, or nearly 35 percent, around 2050, Xinhua reports.
It is generally accepted that a country has reached what is known as an ‘aging society’ when its share of citizens aged over 60 hits 10 percent. Japan, for example, is known as a ‘super-aging society’, as 33 percent of its population is aged over 60 (2014 estimate).
Wu Yushao, deputy director of the CNCA, stated that China has seen a net increase of 110 million citizens aged over 60 since 1999, when the world’s most populous country officially became an aging society.
“Of this amount, 2017 has seen the first annual increase of more than 10 million,” noted Wu.
Amid the rising challenges associated with an aging population, the CNCA recently released guidelines to make Chinese citizens more aware of the situation.
It is hoped that such a move will stimulate people to care for senior citizens and thus create an elderly-friendly environment.
The move is one of the country’s many attempts to prevent potential social problems caused by aging, such as the need for more high-quality nursing homes and greater pension fund investment. – GBTimes
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