December 7, 2022

According to a top health official, China will experience “moderate” ageing by 2025, when more than 300 million of its inhabitants will be over 60, and “severe” ageing by 2035, when 400 million of its residents, or 30% of its total population, would be over 60.

According to Wang Haidong, the director of the department of ageing at the national health commission (NHC), by the end of 2021, there would be over 267 million elderly people in the country, or 18.9% of the population. By 2025, there will be about 300 million of them, or 20% of the total population. According to Wang, the number will peak in 2050.

According to Wang, who stated the statistics at a press conference, “My country has a significant old population, and the population is ageing quickly.”

According to census data, there were 1.4 billion people living in China in 2021. In order to stop the decline in birthrates and avert an impending demographic disaster, the Chinese government changed its long-standing one-child policy to a three-child one last year. As a result, the country is now dealing with both a declining and ageing population.

The prevalence of degenerative diseases among the elderly is expected to increase, which would result in increased national medical costs and productivity losses.

According to Wang, Alzheimer’s disease is now the most prevalent kind of dementia seen in China’s older population.

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