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Aging gracefully: A European doctor's view on China's elderly care


CGTN host Enoch Wong spoke with Cvitkovic Josip (Joseph), a Croatian medical graduate now practicing as a resident doctor at Capital Medical University in China, who shares his unique perspective on the evolving landscape of elderly care within the world's most populous nation. As China confronts the challenges and opportunities presented by a rapidly aging population, Joseph's insights illuminate the depth of familial bonds as well as the importance of filial piety and community in Chinese society to ensure the well-being of the elderly. This story delves into how China's strategic approach to elderly care is not only a testament to its commitment to Chinese modernization but also serves as a model for balancing traditional values with the demands of an aging society. Highlighting potential solutions and ideas, from the development of specialized elderly care homes to fostering mental health through social engagement, Joseph's experiences offer a window into the compassionate and comprehensive strategies China employs to enable its elderly population to live with dignity, respect and joy. This narrative is a profound exploration of how healthcare professionals and society at large are coming together to create a future where elderly care is integrated into the very fabric of economic and social development, embodying the principle of shared prosperity and well-being for all.

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