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  • Facing a ‘tidal wave’ of dementia, China is running out of time

    Source: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...ticle33047108/

    Facing a ‘tidal wave’ of dementia, China is running out of time

    Thirty years from now, China’s elderly population will vastly outnumber its younger citizens. In a country where assisted-living homes are scarce, and dementia is not widely understood, asks Nathan VanderKlippe, will people pay the price before the government does
    Nathan VanderKlippe
    QINHUANGDAO, CHINA The Globe and Mail Last updated: Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 5:01PM EST

    ... The cost of elder care threatens to strain government spending around the world. But in no country are more people entering old age faster than China. In coming years, a vast cohort of Chinese people will enter their twilight years and, barring a medical breakthrough, many millions of them will begin to experience dementia.

    “The numbers are truly boggling – and the preparation for dealing with the onslaught that is coming is woefully inadequate,” says Michael Phillips, a psychiatrist at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine...
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