Community-based services support elderly in Shanghai

By Zhang Liying
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A community-based elderly care service center in the Hongqiao subdistrict of Shanghai. [Photo by Zhang Liying/]

Shanghai is strengthening its community-based senior care facilities, offering quality and professional services in the comfort of a familiar environment.

An elderly care service center in the Hongqiao subdistrict epitomizes the municipality's efforts to create better lives for its growing elderly population.

The three-story building integrates 26 types of services, including health care, nursing, dining, daily care and bathing, helping seniors keep safe, healthy and active within their own residential communities.

The service center also holds a range of training programs aimed at improving older adults' use of technology and preparing them for a digital lifestyle.

To prevent and manage cognitive decline in the elderly, the center organizes targeted physical and social activities, and is calling for schools, banks and other institutions to help jointly build a dementia-friendly community.

According to Guo Kai, director of the Hongqiao Subdistrict Office, with the service center as a local hub, the subdistrict has established an elderly care network made up of more than 80 functional stations, to ensure every elderly person has access to the services they need within a 15-minute walk.

Guo said that the subdistrict is faced with a serious problem of population aging, as the number of residents aged 60 or above reached 19,201 by the end of 2020, or 38.4% of its registered population.

The percentage of elderly people in Shanghai Municipality rose to 35.2% by 2019, up by 0.8 percentage point compared with the previous year, according to figures released by the city's elder affairs office and statistics bureau.

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