Increased focus on elderly in Shanghai
Shanghai will be developing a more comprehensive and modern education system for its senior residents as it aims to provide a greater variety of enrichment activities for 40 percent of the city’s elderly population by 2020.
The 13th Five-Year Plan for elderly education development, which was released by the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission, stated that 300 more social study locations, 100 workshop service points and an additional 10,000 online study groups will be set up to help local elderly learn new things and enhance communication among one another.
As of the end of 2015, Shanghai’s elderly population, defined by those aged over 60-years-old, had exceeded 4.35 million. It was the first time in the city’s history that elderly people had accounted for more than 30 percent of the total population.