China’s official newspaper, The People’s Daily, reports that by 2030, China will overtake Japan to be come “the world’s most aged society”.  According to the article, “12 percent of the Chinese population is over 60 years of age as of 2010″.  This percentage will increase as the “ratio of people over 60 will increase by a yearly rate of 16.6 percent in the next three decades”. By 2040,  officials expect that seniors over 60 will account for 28 percent of China’s total population. The increase in China’s ageing population is a result of the the country’s economic success over the last decades, which has transformed Chinese society.  The Chinese government has now identified ageing as a major priority and is seeking to build its economic success by improving aged care across the country.

Want to learn more about ageing care in China?  Join IAHSA’s China Study Tour this coming spring.  The tour will visit Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong and will provide with a unique opportunity to meet with Chinese policy leaders and discuss major trends in ageing services.  IAHSA Board Members Edward Leung, Chair of the Hong Kong Gerontology Society, and Dr. Mary Ann Tsao, CEO of the Tsao Foundation in Singapore, will be leading the group and provide participants with key introductions to ensure comprehensive coverage of programs and issues.