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15.5% of Chinese are 60 or over

Updated: Jun 11,2015 7:55 AM     (Xinhua

There were 212.4 million people aged 60 or above at the end of 2014, 15.5 percent of the total population, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said on June 10.

Of that number, 137.6 million were 65 or above, or 10.1 percent of the total population, according to the statistics report on social development in 2014, which was published on the ministry’s website.

According to international standards, a country or region is considered to be an “aging society” when the number of people aged 60 or above reaches 10 percent or more. China has had over 10 percent of people aged 60 since 1999.

China has more than 94,110 nursing homes, with about 5.78 million beds, 17 percent more beds than a year earlier. However, there are still only 27.2 beds for every 1,000 senior citizens.

The report also tallied up some key figures in areas such as philanthropy, social welfare and disaster relief.

The country received 60.4 billion yuan of goods and funds in 2014, benefiting 16.9 million people.