E-Aging Comes to China

by Matty Ring
by Matty Ring

China’s population is aging fast. At the end of 2014 for example, over 15.5 percent of the population (212 million individuals) were age 60 or above. The elderly is thus becoming more of an issue than ever before. As a result, China is looking into alternative methods to better serve their aging population.

One possible solution is the web. Vice Minister of Civil Affairs, Zou Ming, is promoting the use of the internet as a way of boosting e-commerce amongst the elderly. It is likely that the country will use the Internet Plus initiative as a way of making home-based care for the elderly a real, safe and attractive option. This initiative is being supported by Li Keqiang who wants traditional Chinese industries to take advantage of the Internet.

The one possible issue with this however is that elderly people have a hard time picking up new technologies. But, the earlier they learn and the slower the learning curve, the better off they will be according to Ming.