The demographic shift China is undergoing might not always be smooth, but clear steps forward exist to enable older people to thrive. However, these changes will need an ambitious national strategy and it is crucial that existing inequalities are not further entrenched. COVID-19 in China has not gone away, but as the country emerges from pandemic restrictions, it is essential to lay the groundwork for the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing to end more promisingly than it has begun.
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- The path to healthy ageing in China: a Peking University–Lancet Commission
Around the world, populations are ageing at a faster pace than in the past and this demographic transition will have effects on all aspects of societies. In May, 2020, the UN General Assembly declared 2021–2030 the decade of healthy ageing, highlighting the importance for policy makers across the world to focus policy on improving the lives of older people, both today and in the future. Although rapid population ageing poses challenges, China’s rapid economic growth over the past 40 years has created space for policy to assist older people and families in their efforts to improve health and wellbeing at older ages.