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07 May 13 13:33

Modern societies provide better healthcare for longer lives but break down the tradition that the growth children take care of their aging parents in multi-generational families. The linked article compared the different societies and indicates the important values of older people in current societies.

Category: Funding longer lives: Long-term care, Social contract

Tags: #healthcare.


Matt Singleton - 9 May 2013, 4:06 p.m.

The reduction in younger people providing care for the older generation is often seen as a breakdown in values or a result of modernisation. While at face value this has merits, it overlooks a number of factors -- in particular the rise in 'demand' for care (people living longer and the rise in chronic disease) and the fall in 'supply' of informal care (falling fertility rates, increased intra- and inter-national migration, more women in the workforce).

These are all related to modernisation but demonstrates how societies need to adapt to altering demographics rather than any decline in values. This means more will fall to the state or private provision and many countries which are ageing rapidly have had to adapt. Since 2001, China has introduced more community-based social services programmes as part of its 'Star Light' project and this is funded through welfare lotteries (

Xiaojie Wang - 9 May 2013, 4:22 p.m.

The linked article reviewed the issues and prospects for long term care in China, which has drawn more and more attention as the more portion of population is aging.

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