The rapid aging of China’s population, exacerbated by the one-child policy and waning of traditional arrangements for elder care, is escalating the needs for formal long-term care services. Chinese policy makers are under pressure to build a viable long-term care system quickly but face numerous programmatic and policy challenges, as they start from a relatively blank slate. Many Western countries have confronted similar challenges for decades, and China can learn useful lessons from the successes and failures of other countries in their long-term care experiences. In this presentation, I will first provide an overview of China’s emerging long-term care landscape and recent policy initiatives. Next, I will draw on long-term care experiences in the United States and other developed countries and discuss their relevance and implications for China with regard to service delivery, financing, and quality assurance.
The event to open to everyone and light lunch will be provided.
About the speaker
Zhanlian Feng, PhD, is a senior research analyst in the Aging, Disability and Long-Term Care Program at RTI International and an adjunct assistant professor of health services, policy and practice with Brown University. He has over 13 years of experience in long-term care and health services research concerning older people in the United States and in China, and has published more than 60 journal articles, book chapters, commentaries and reports. Dr. Feng is a leading researcher on emerging long-term care issues in China, and was named an aged care policy research expert in 2011 by the China Association of Social Welfare. He has been at the forefront to track aged care policies and developments of the senior care market in China. He led a recent study on the growth and characteristics of elder care facilities in two major Chinese cities, Nanjing and Tianjin, with results published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Health Affairs, and Population and Development (in Chinese).