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“Com­mu­nity health is more ef­fec­tive and cheaper, and could play a vi­tal role in pre­vent­ing dis­eases, es­pe­cially non­com­mu­ni­ca­ble ones.”

di­rec­tor of the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion’s Depart­ment of Age­ing and Life Course, ad­vised that China shift its fo­cus from hos­pi­tals to com­mu­nity-based health­care to cope with its ag­ing pop­u­la­tion. Beard also called on peo­ple to re­think the role of the el­derly. The el­derly present chal­lenges as well as op­por­tu­ni­ties to a so­ci­ety, he said, adding that “old peo­ple are ac­tu­ally very use­ful re­sources.”

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