2021年10月26日

China is about to enter a moderate aging society experts: a big gap in care workers

Chinanews.com Client Beijing March 29 (reporter Zhang Ni) According to official data, the proportion of the population aged 65 or above in China has increased to 12.6% in 2019, and China is expected to enter a moderately aging society during the 14th Five-Year Plan period. Experts inside course of study point out, conservative estimate, the personnel gap that domestic is engaged in long and long-term care is at least in 10 million above.

The health of the elderly has become one of the focuses of the forum, which was held in Beijing on Monday.

Data from the National Bureau of Statistics shows that in 2019, the proportion of China’s population aged 65 and above rose to 12.6 percent, and that of the population aged 0-15 to 17.8 percent, indicating that the aging of the population continues to deepen. It is estimated that during the 14th Five-Year Plan period, China will enter a moderately aging society, with the number of people over the age of 60 exceeding 300 million.

In addition, the results of the fourth sample survey on the living conditions of the elderly in urban and rural China show that there are more than 40 million disabled or semi-disabled elderly people in China, among which the severely disabled elderly account for a considerable proportion.

“The health situation of the elderly is indeed not optimistic, and the generalization of chronic diseases has indeed become a major pain point and difficulty for the health industry and health undertakings.” China health promotion foundation old age care special fund director, old age health promotion committee president Xi Xiaoping stressed on the forum.

Xi Xiaoping said that China has stepped into the threshold of moderate aging from mild aging. With the accelerating pace of population aging, various common diseases and chronic diseases have formed a very serious realistic threat to the elderly population.

He stressed the importance of elderly health in the whole life cycle of the people’s health, and called for improving the elderly health service system, improving home and community pension policies, promoting the integration of medical care, exploring the long-term care insurance system, and creating a livable environment for the elderly, so as to achieve the goal of healthy aging.

Wang Jianye, a member of the CPPCC National Committee and director of the National Center for Geriatrics, stressed at the forum that there are more than 40 million disabled or semi-disabled elderly people in China, and a large part of them are unable to live independently. Therefore, the long-term care of the elderly is a big problem facing Chinese society.

“Hiring a nanny who can cook and clean the house but can’t provide medical care is too specialized and expensive to hire a nurse. The gap in long-term care is at least 10 million, between nurses and caregivers, and I would be very conservative to say at least 10 million, but it’s much larger than that.” Wang Jianye said.

According to Wang Jianye, vigorously developing health undertakings for the elderly can stimulate huge potential economic efficiency. From health education, prevention and health care, disease diagnosis and treatment, rehabilitation and nursing to medium and long term care and hospice care, each field has enough market vitality.

He stressed that a continuous and comprehensive basic system of elderly health services covering urban and rural areas should be set up from the above six aspects, which not only promotes healthy aging, but also is an effective way to solve the whole life cycle problems.

According to the report, the forum is sponsored by the People’s Political Consultative Conference Newspaper, organized by the People’s Political Consultative Conference Daily Culture and Media Co., Ltd., and co-organized by Qingdao Mingyue Seaweed Group and Kangyuan Doctor Group.

In the next step, as one of the series of forum activities, we will also carry out an offline activity of “Healthy China Policy · Committee members’ health promotion” and organize CPPCC members to carry out health publicity and education at the grassroots level to help build a healthy China. (after)

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