Harvard Magazine Jan-Feb 2020 Right Now | Great Wave The Coming Eldercare Tsunami by Jonathan Shaw – Aging

See also – https://globalinstitute.harvard.edu/social-technology-eldercare-china-transdisciplinary-collaborative-research-education –

“Twenty years from now, Japan will become the first society in the world in which more than 40 percent of the population will be older than 65. China, after 36 years of a “one-child policy,” will soon follow. There the absolute numbers are staggering: the count of those over 65 is already larger than the combined elderly populations of Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, and Australia. By 2040, a quarter of China’s population—more than a third of a billion people—will be over 60. “We’ve never seen societies like this,” says Rabb professor of anthropology Arthur Kleinman, who is also a professor of psychiatry and medical anthropology at Harvard Medical School (HMS). But there will be plenty of them in the decades ahead.”