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Comparative Study of Active Ageing in China and the EU Countries

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Publication date2018
Host publicationBuilding Evidence for Active Ageing Policies: Active Ageing Index and its Potential
EditorsAsghar Zaidi, Sarah Harper, Kenneth Howse, Giovanni Lamura, Jolanta Perek-Bialas
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9789811060175
ISBN (Print)9789811060168
<mark>Original language</mark>English


In this chapter, the AAI for China is calculated by using the 2011--2012 data from the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS). Its findings reveal the unrealized potential of Chinese older population comparing to countries in the European Union (EU). It is argued that social policies should aim at enabling older people to maintain quality of life and contribute to the family, the economy and society. What can be safely recommended includes: (1) flexible retirement plans for older population to voluntarily participate in labour market; (2) an efficient community based old-age care system and lifelong learning system to enable the older population to enjoy active, independent, secured and healthy life.