Aging with Chinese Characteristics: A Public Policy Perspective
This article reflects on the meaning of aging in China by reviewing issues of population change centering on the baby boomer generation. Family structure, living arrangements, and long-term care needs of the aged as well as societal responses are re-visited under the general public policy framework of an “economic state in transition.” The development of income support, health care, and personal social services for the elderly is examined by reviewing the 2006 government White Paper and the research literature. Employment, education, and lifestyle issues are further investigated under the United Nations policy framework on active aging. Policy, practical, and theoretical issues in achieving the country’s articulated goals are discussed. Adequate preparation for aging is emphasized by considering the roles of individuals, families, practitioners, and policy makers.
KeywordsChina Aging Public policy Social welfare services Care of elderly
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