Beijings aging population is growing fast. One elderly person in every four registered residents

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 Beijings aging population is growing fast. One elderly person in every four registered residents


BEIJING, Oct. 12, China News Agency (CNP) -- By the end of 2018, the population of elderly people aged 60 and over in Beijing had increased to 3.491 million, accounting for 25.4% of the total population of Beijing. This means that one out of every four registered residents in Beijing is aged 60 and over.

The picture shows retired teachers in a university. Photographed by China News Agency reporter Pang Bo

On the 12th, the office of Beijing Aging Work Committee released the Beijing Aging Development Report (2018) (hereinafter referred to as the Report). According to the Report, Beijings aging population is growing rapidly and aging is high. By the end of 2018, there were 36.448 million permanent residents aged 60 and over, an increase of 66,000 over 2017, accounting for 16.9% of the total permanent population in Beijing.

Among them, the elderly population aged 60 years and over increased from 3333,000 at the end of 2017 to 3491,000 at the end of 2018, an increase of 4.7% over the previous year, faster than the growth rate of the same period (1.2%); the proportion of the elderly population aged 60 years and over increased from 24.5% at the end of 2017 to 25.4% at the end of 2018, an increase of 0.9 percentage points.

It is worth mentioning that Beijing has a large elderly population. By the end of 2018, there were 584,000 elderly people aged 80 and over, an increase of 27,000 over the previous year; 928 elderly people aged 100 and over, an increase of 95 over the previous year; and the average life expectancy of household registered residents was 82.20 years, an increase of 0.05 years over the previous year.

According to the Report, the proportion of older women is higher than that of men. By the end of 2018, among the elderly population aged 60 years and over, 16.556 million were male, accounting for 47.4%, while 1.835 million were female, accounting for 52.6%.

According to the report, at the end of 2018, the old-age dependency coefficient in Beijing was 42.2%, which was 2.5 percentage points higher than that in the previous year. This means that every 2.4 workers in Beijing are raising one old person.

In response to the increasingly severe aging trend in Beijing, the report shows that Beijing has built a three-sided and four-level old-age service system to realize that the elderly enjoy home-based old-age services in their periphery, side and bedside. By the end of 2018, 550 old-age care institutions have been built in Beijing, 275 old-age care centers in streets (towns) have been supported, 680 community-based old-age service stations have been built and operated, providing day care, meal service, health guidance, cultural and entertainment, psychological consolation and other services for the elderly nearby.

Source: Responsible Editor of CNN: Zhou Xinyi_NB12002