More than 12 out of every 100 people in China are now over the age of 60, straining welfare services for the elderly which are “severely insufficient’”, state media reported recently.
Estimates suggest that by 2050 the proportion of the population over 60 will double to 24 per cent. Officials have already sounded the alarm bell over the “grave trend” of an aging population while care services for the elderly are inadequate.
Even as traditional filial piety dictates that children care for their parents, China’s one-child policy has fundamentally altered its demographics, making the question of how to provide long term care for its growing greying population increasingly pressing.
Ms Wang Xiaoyan, founder and director of local non-governmental group Community Alliance, which focuses on the elderly, will share some research findings and discuss solutions raised at a conference her NGO organised in October 2009 for government and civil society representatives.
She will also discuss a survey done by her group to measure the effectiveness of a pilot project the Beijing municipal government started in October 2008 to help old people continue to live in their own communities.
DATE: Monday, January 11th
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About the Speaker
Ms. Wang Xiaoyan is the founder and director of local NGO Community Alliance, which focuses on the elderly (http://www.communityalliance.org.cn/).
She was recently appointed by the Ministry of Civil Affairs to China’s National Committee for Long-term Care and also serves on the National Commission on Social Welfare Standards and Regulations.
Educated at Columbia University in New York, Ms Wang’s expertise includes management and elder care. After gaining corporate management experiences in the United States, Ms Wang returned to China to join the non-profit sector.
In January 2006, she founded Community Alliance, one of the first non-governmental groups in China pursuing social justice and welfare for the elderly in China.
Ms Wang has published papers in Journal of Comparative Asian Development, Ageing Today. Her latest book “Rural Aging in China” was published last year.