Community-based Care for Older Persons

-Implications from China, Korea and Vietnam-

2019.11.27

The Sasakawa Peace Foundation has worked on the issue of rapid population ageing in Asia for three years since 2016. One of the efforts is to conduct a case study on community-based care for older persons. The results are compiled into a report titled “Community-based Care for Older Persons: Implication from China, Korea, and Vietnam”.
     In Asian countries where population has been rapidly aging, formal care for older persons under government initiatives is not reliable partly due to limited public funding. Although there is still a norm that family members have caregiving responsibilities for their older members in Asia, such expectation is becoming difficult to be fulfilled due to demographic changes such as fertility declines and migration for the working-age population.
     In these circumstances, communities have developed their own unique programs and welfare services to care and support older persons. This report looks at these cases from China, Korea, and Vietnam, and shows that there are three success factors in common: 1) active ageing of older persons through economic and social activities, 2) older persons as service providers, and 3) multi-stakeholder collaboration.
     We believe that this report offers innovative suggestions that may allow not only Asia but also the rest of the world to develop measures to deal with population ageing and support older populations. Furthermore, we hope that this report will stimulate a dialogue on the further development of care for older persons in Asia and beyond and the instrumental role played by older persons themselves in securing the necessary care and support for our growing number of older persons.
 
Please download the report from the following link.

Sanae Hayashi & Nami Yokogi, SPF Asia Peace Initiatives Department

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