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China launches online services for elderly

Updated: Apr 28,2017 7:32 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — A research institute on eldercare under the Ministry of Civil Affairs launched a website providing online services for senior citizens on April 28.

The website offers services such as entertainment, finance, home care, shopping and travel.

China committed to providing higher quality public services for senior citizens, in the five-year plan (2016-2020) on eldercare issued by the State Council in March.

By 2020, approximately 255 million Chinese will be over 60 years old, accounting for 17.8 percent of the population. The number of elderly living alone is expected to reach 118 million.