China's elderly population has been increasingrapidly and is estimated to hit around 400 million bythe end of 2035, making China a "super agingsociety", according to experts.
Since China became an "aging society" in 2000, theelderly population has increased yearly by about 10 million, Zheng Gongcheng, head of the ChinaAssociation of Social Security, said at a forum.
By international standards, a country or region is considered to be an "aging society" whenthose aged 65 or over account for 7-14% of the total population.
Once that amount goes over 14%, the country or region is considered a "super aging society."
Zheng said that China's elderly care services are developing rapidly but also unevenly.
They are already not enough to satisfy the nationwide demand, while unbalanced supply hasalso become a problem, he said. These services lack social participation and professionalnursing staff.
Zheng recommended an industry-wide plan on elderly care services be formulated, which shouldbe considered a new growth point for a sustainable national economy.