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Shanghainese aged over 60 hit 3 million

THERE were more than 3 million registered Shanghai residents aged over 60 at the end of last year -- about 137,400 more than by 2007 -- the Shanghai Statistics Bureau said yesterday.

That represents 21.6 percent of the registered population, of whom 530,000 were over 80, officials said.

The Shanghai Research Center on Aging said the city will become a "super-aging society," because the number of residents aged over 80 was increasing considerably.

The government has taken measures to help seniors who don't live with their children, such as opening canteens in the neighborhoods.

There were 836 residents aged over 100, with Jing'an District boasting the most.

Officials said the city's senior population increased by 50 percent from 2002 to 2008. The percentage of residents rose above 20 percent for the first time in 2007.

The bureau estimates there will be 4 million residents over 60 by 2017, when the aging society reaching a peak in Shanghai.


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