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China's hidden crisis: caring for an aging population

Shanghai has 5.2 million residents aged over 60. Image: REUTERS/Guang Niu

Ni Dandan

Senior Reporter, Sixth Tone

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An elderly woman pushes a man in a wheelchair down a street in Shanghai, March 5, 2020.
Day care can cost around 4,000 yuan ($580) a month. Image: Jin Xiaoxin/People Visual
Huang Ernan, Shanghai resident
A domestic worker competes in an elder care contest in Xining, Qinghai province, Aug. 13, 2020.
A domestic worker competes in an elder care contest in Xining, Qinghai province. Image: Lu Danyang/CNS/People Visual
People consult a staff member at the inquiry desk of a nursing home in Shanghai, July 9, 2020.
Cost for a care home can be in excess of double the average monthly pension of retired workers in Shanghai. Image: Wu Ziyi for Sixth Tone
Zhou Ying, care center director
Elderly residents chat at a nursing home in Shanghai, July 9, 2020.
Elderly residents chat at a nursing home in Shanghai. Image: Wu Ziyi for Sixth Tone
Elderly people sit in a nursing home in Shanghai, July 9, 2020.
Elderly people sit in a nursing home in Shanghai. Image: Wu Ziyi for Sixth Tone
Huang Ernan, Shanghai resident
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