The China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS) is a landmark survey of the middle-aged and elderly in China. Spearheaded by Peking University’s National School of Development, the study aims to collect multidisciplinary data, ranging from socio-economics status to health conditions, to be used to support the scientific analysis of China’s ageing issues. The Charls baseline study polls a nationally representative sample of more than 17,700 individuals from more than 10,000 households, in 150 counties/districts in 28 of China’s 30 provinces (excluding Tibet). The individuals will be followed up every two years. 

China health under pressure from rapid change in diets

A woman eats at a fast food restaurant in Shanghai. Photo: AFP

It’s a timely coincidence. Diet is the leading risk factor for premature death on the mainland, accounting for one in three deaths in 2010, according to the study published in The Lancet.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 1:00pm 2 comments

Chinese researcher's story reflects country's ageing problems

Zhao says sons are less reliable in providing care for their ageing parents than daughters, who tend to be more caring. Photo: Jeanette Wang

Zhao Yaohui has been working out of her office at Peking University's National School of Development for almost a decade, and it shows.

13 Jun 2013 - 11:15am

Underdiagnosis of hypertension reveals bigger health system gap in China, experts say

Many older people on mainland suffer from hypertension without realising it

Xiao Mingying, 64, a retired worker in Shanghai, is among the 100 million old people on the mainland who have high blood pressure.

2 Jun 2013 - 1:25pm 1 comment

Survey shows problems of China's growing elderly population

An elderly woman gives her grandson a sausage in Tiananmen Square. While the mainland's elderly population is the fastest-growing in the world, the younger population is in decline. Photo: Simon Song

An unprecedented study of China's ageing population has shown a third of elderly mainlanders report poor health and a quarter are struggling below the poverty line.

The research reveals the grave challenge facing Beijing as it tries to cope with the fastest-growing ageing population in the world.

1 Jun 2013 - 5:40am

Legacy of one-child policy could have consequences for elderly welfare

China's elderly have traditionally been taken care of by their children. But with one in four mainlanders expected to be older than 60 by 2030, and families smaller, new ways must be found to support them. Photo: Reuters

A landmark study shows mainland's elderly still get significant support from their children, but the one-child policy could change that forever.

1 Jun 2013 - 12:18pm 1 comment

One in 4 elderly Chinese living below poverty line, landmark study finds

A study of China's elderly has revealed the struggles they face. Photo: AP

About one in three Chinese elderly report having poor health, and nearly one in four have consumption levels below the poverty line, according to findings released today from a landmark survey of Chinese adults aged 45 and over. With a rapidly ageing population – the fastest in the world – China is clearly faced with the challenge of putting in place adequate health care and retirement support for this growing elderly population of 60 years and over.

31 May 2013 - 9:26pm 1 comment

Vast study seeks to tackle China's age challenge

Residents of a nursing home in Beijing play billiards during their recreational time on March 1, 2013. Photo: Reuters

A landmark study on China's ageing population aims to provide answers to the raging debate over whether the nation will grow rich before it grows old, and if the country's nascent social safety net is equal to the tasks ahead.

31 May 2013 - 3:05pm 1 comment