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Strengthening Elderly Care Capacity in Asia and the Pacific

Publication | September 2016
Strengthening Elderly Care Capacity in Asia and the Pacific

In 2012, 11% of the population in Asia was aged 60 years or above, and by 2050 this is expected to increase to 24% or roughly 1.26 billion people. This transition is happening at an unprecedented pace.

Several countries are aging at a rapid pace (e.g., the People’s Republic of China, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Viet Nam). Their demographic transitions are happening before the growth of per capita income, and development of social protection systems can provide sufficient support for elderly and their families and help avoid major inequities and increasing vulnerability. Other countries such as the Philippines are not aging as rapidly but still must develop long- term care systems to support their elderly. Many countries in Asia will benefit from improved labor mobility policies in the region, which can provide new job opportunities for skilled caregivers in this rapidly expanding sector.

Key Points

  • Asia and the Pacific is the fastest-aging region in the world. Demand to develop long-term care policies and programs which integrate internationally recognized concepts such as “aging in place” and “active and healthy aging” is growing rapidly.
  • The future of long-term care demands better planning, more financing, more and better-qualified human resources, and above all, higher expectations that the final years of life must have as much meaning, purpose, and well-being as possible.
  • The regional capacity development technical assistance (TA) for Strengthening Developing Member Countries’ Capacity in Elderly Care aims to increase the capacity of developing member countries (DMCs) to develop policies and plan long-term care services. It will conduct country diagnostics on long-term care, implement regionwide capacity building activities, and develop a network to disseminate good practices and expertise.