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City gets ‘smart’ with elderly care

Shanghai has stepped up intelligent senior care development, considered a new engine powering the city’s senior care industry.

This new trend is on display at The Shanghai International Elderly Service Industry Summit 2020 — New Opportunities for Elderly Care Industry of the 14th Five-Year Plan Period, which kicked off on Wednesday.

Officials and industry insiders are sharing insights into topics including opportunities and challenges related to developing the senior care service market, dementia care, standardized epidemic prevention, infection control for chain senior care institutions and the Yangtze River Delta elderly care integration.

China’s intelligent health and senior care industry is rapidly growing, approaching 3.2 trillion yuan (US$477 billion) last year and forecast to surpass 4 trillion yuan this year.

“With the rapid aging process in Shanghai, satisfying the diversified demand of seniors, safeguarding the safety of seniors living alone, and spurring the vitality of senior care companies are some of the challenges confronting the city,” said Zhu Qinhao, director of the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau.

“Seniors’ reception to information science and technology is increasing in the city, and the demand for senior care consumption, remote service and family interaction will surge. Intelligent senior care is expected to become an important new engine powering the city’s senior care industry.”

An online senior care service platform relying on the Internet and big data technologies houses information on more than 3,000 senior homes, senior care service centers, day-care centers, meal service venues for the elderly and senior care service organizations, making it convenient for seniors and their families to obtain relevant information, Zhu said.

A list of 12 intelligent senior care application scenarios has been released, inspiring the design of several smart products and technologies — including intelligent medical kits, rehabilitation walking aids, devices monitoring abnormal health symptoms and rehabilitation robots.

The summit is part of the three-day International Exhibition of Senior Care, Rehabilitation Medicine and Healthcare, Shanghai 2020.


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