Friday, August 19, 2011
Issue 1388, Page 2 – 4
Word count: 2742
Published in: Macau Daily Times
By Poyi (Natalie) Leung & Vítor Quintã
Macau has the second best demographic profile in the world, as the working age population is far greater than dependents, but this profile might change dramatically in coming years, as the rapidly aging population will place a greater burden on future generations.
At the end of 2010 there were about 44,200 elderly people living in Macau, accounting for eight percent of the total population, but there are currently just 19 elderly homes operating in the territory, with only 1,330 openings, that can accommodate not more than three percent of all elderly residents.
Most are left with the option of sharing a home with their families or living on their own, benefiting from the government’s social housing scheme. But that is not an easy option, some elderly residents tell the Macau Daily Times. … continue reading this entry.