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Welfare Reform on the Web (October 2010): Care of the elderly - overseas

Productive ageing and China: perspectives from East Asia and abroad

N. Morrow-Howell and A.C. Mui (guest editors)

China Journal of Social Work, vol. 3, 2010, p. 101-325

China is experiencing rapid population ageing, with 25% of its people projected to be over 60 by 2050. At present, income support and healthcare services for older people are fragmented. Due to the exodus of younger people and fewer resources, rural China may face the greatest challenges. This special issue suggests that taking care of older adults and providing services for them are necessary but not sufficient for an ageing society. There is a need to support ongoing productive engagement of people much later into the life course. This volume seeks to share information from mainland China, the US, Australia, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan about programmes and policies that are developing to support the engagement of older adults in employment, volunteering, caregiving and lifelong learning activities.

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