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Half a million elderly Chinese, many suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia, go missing each year, study finds

2 weeks ago
Sky Canaves
report from the government-affiliated Zhongmin Social Assistance Institute found that there were an average of 1,300 missing persons cases involving senior citizens each day. Around 25 percent of the missing had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's or dementia, while overall 72 percent had some type of memory impairment.
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.

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