Can China Age Gracefully? A Survey Aims to Find Out

Mara is a contributing editor with Science based in Shanghai.

The China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS) is monitoring nearly 18,000 people—a representative sample of all Chinese over 45. The survey, which was designed by an international team and bankrolled by the U.S. National Institute on Aging, among others, is charting respondents' health, wealth, and social relationships as they age. Results from the first round are in, and the prognosis is bleak: CHARLS found high rates of depression and medical underdiagnosis and revealed that a quarter of China's elderly live in poverty.

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