Super-aging China Over 500,000 missing elderly people and 40 million people requiring long-term care
The Chinese Communist Party celebrated its 100th anniversary on July 1. While Xi Jinping leadership is listed a “superpower” of 2050, we are trying to rush to the super-aging society unprecedented. According to the National Bureau of Statistics of China, the total population of China in 2020 will be 1,411.78 million. The birth rate was the lowest ever, but the population aged 65 and over increased to about 190 million, and the “declining birthrate and aging population” became prominent.
It has been pointed out that the population may start to decline in 2022, and government think tanks estimate that the number of people aged 60 and over will approach 500 million in 2050.
Therefore, it is feared that it will become a big social problem, and the number of “dementia patients” is increasing rapidly.
China’s National Intelligence Law estimates that by 2050, when one in three people will be 65 or older, there will be 10 million Alzheimer’s patients in China. According to a 2016 report issued by a research institute under the Ministry of Civil Affairs of China, more than 500,000 elderly people are already missing each year, and about 25% of them are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. It is said that there is.
This situation overlaps with Japan, which is the “senior” of the aging society, but what is serious in China is the lack of care system.
It is said that there are still 40 million elderly people requiring long-term care, but the number of helpers is only 300,000, probably because the values based on family care are deep-rooted. Considering that Japan, which has a population of less than one-tenth, has about 2 million long-term care workers, the shortage of long-term care workers is serious. Due to the one-child policy, the harsh situation of “supporting four parents with a married couple” continues.
In rural areas, where there are many poor households, a situation like “Ubasute” has already occurred.
In May last year, an attempted murder occurred in Shaanxi Province where a 58-year-old son buried a 79-year-old mother alive. Although the mother survived the report, the police said, “I got into the hole myself. My son is not bad.”
* Weekly Post July 16th and 23rd, 2021