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Shanghai lacks elderly care service for aging population

THE city's elderly care service can't meet the demand of local old folks and 70 percent of them have chronic diseases and need day care or in-home care services provided by neighborhoods, according to the Sino-US Long-term Care Forum held here today.

There are only about 620 nursing homes for elderly people in Shanghai with a total of about 100,000 beds, enough for only 3 percent of the city's elderly population.

While the majority of old people stay at home, their children don't have time to take care of them.

"Nursing service offered by the neighborhood should a solution to these old people, but there is no established system and very few trained professionals," said Cheng Yun, a doctor of Shanghai Huadong Hospital, which is advanced in gerontology.


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