recent report ranked Beijing as China’s second oldest city, adding that
residents of the capital over 60 accounted for 23.4 percent of the
city’s population, twice the base international index for aging
societies, local media reported Monday.
The Beijing Municipal Committee of the Chinese People’s Political
Consultative Conference has conducted several investigations to address
this pressing situation since April, including a recent seminar attended
by representatives of Beijing’s elderly people, government officials and
the capital’s political advisors.
Xue Han, a 62-year-old political adviser and Beijing resident, listed at
the seminar a series of issues of serious concern to older Beijingers,
such as food safety, housekeeping, medical services and financial fraud,
as well as the fact that many of them lack a sense of accomplishment and
security, the Beijing Daily reported.
The difficulty of arranging nursing home care is also a key issue.
Elderly people on average have to make more than 70 phonecalls to
discuss prices, locations and other details before they finally move
into a nursing home, the newspaper quoted a investigation from Beijing
Civil Affairs Bureau as saying.