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China’s rural poor bear the brunt of the nation’s aging crisis

2 months ago
Jiayun Feng
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here are currently 80 million senior citizens — 60 percent of China's total elderly population — living in rural areas, who often have limited access to quality health-care facilities. Among the challenges they face are the physical effects of years of hard labor in the field, higher rates of disability, chronic conditions and suicide than their urban peers, and limited insurance protection.
By Jiayun Feng
Jiayun is a Chinese native and was born in Shanghai, where she spent her first twenty years and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism at Fudan University. Interested in writing for a global audience, she went to NYU Graduate School of Journalism for the Global & Joint Program Studies that allows her to pursue a journalistic career along with her interests in international relations. She has previously interned for Sixth Tone and Shanghai Daily.
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