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A group of Christian volunteers pray before starting their visit around the senior center.


While this particular retirement center attends to the basic needs and requirements of its residents, staff members cannot afford any extra attention to their wards (average staff to residents ration is 8 to 1). As a result, many suffer from bouts of loneliness. The majority of residents at this particular center also suffer from some form of disability - ranging from physical disabilities to mental disorders to various diseases (such as Alzheimer).


China’s quickly aging population is posed to be a serious problem for the developing country. According to a 2005 United Nations report, China’s elderly population (60 and over) will increase by 430 million people (31 percent) by 2050. The global average for 2050 is predicted to be 21.7 percent. The UN report goes on to say that such a high elderly population for a country where the GDP per capita only recently surpassed USD 1,000 is “unprecedented”.

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Taken on November 25, 2006