China's population aged 65 and above will hit 14 percent of the total population by 2022, according to a recent report by China Development Research Foundation, which suggests the country is fast becoming an aging society.
The quality of life of the elderly has always been a focus of the government. This year's Report on the Work of the Government includes a plan to increase the basic pension for retirees and the minimum basic old-age pension for rural and non-working urban residents.
Pensions have been rising each year since 2005, providing financial security for this group so that they can have a better life. Besides, increasing channels for their entertainment and cultural life, including colleges for seniors, have also enhanced their happiness.
However, there are many problems in the pension system still. For instance, some workers have not participated in the system. Also, with the population mobility between different regions growing and there being differences in regional systems, it is challenging to put in an overall plan.
Responding to the aging of the population, the government should promote a combination of medical and nursing care together with social forces and lead in building a social environment of filial piety and respect for the elderly.
(This is an edited excerpt of an article originally published in Guangming Daily on June 19)
(Print Edition Title: An Aging Society)