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Preferences for Long-term Care Among Older Adults in China

About the Speaker 

Merril Silverstein, Ph.D., Marjorie Cantor Endowed Chair in Aging Studies, Syracuse University

Department of Sociology, Department of Human Development and Family Science Aging Research Institute

Professor Merril Silverstein is inaugural holder of the Marjorie Cantor Chair in Aging Studies at Syracuse University in the Maxwell School Department of Sociology and in Human Development and Family Science. He received his doctorate in sociology from Columbia University. In over 150 research publications, he has focused on aging in the context of family life, with an emphasis on life course and international perspectives. He serves as principal investigator of the Longitudinal Study of Generations and has had projects in China, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Israel. He is a Brookdale Fellow and Fulbright Senior Scholar and between 2010-2014 served as editor-in-chief of Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences.


In this presentation, I review long-term care challenges facing China in light of its aging population, increased longevity, growing disease burden, and low fertility. This “perfect storm” of demographic factors have put into sharp relief the urgency to formulate policies that serve frail older adults in a nation where filial piety remains a robust if fraying cultural norm. The perspectives of older people are rarely considered in such discussions, despite that fact that they will be the consumers of the evolving long-term care system in China. To address this issue, I use national data from 10,000 individuals 60+ in urban and rural China to assess their preferred source of care and willingness to use long-term care facilities—focusing on differences by urban/rural location, family size, the presence of sons, and the economic success of children. I conclude by discussing the importance of economic resources as a factor implicitly determining the availability and quality of formal care for older adults in China.

This session will be conducted via Zoom:

This event is part of a seminar series:

Trinity 2021 Seminar Series - Perspectives on Global Ageing

Event Details

10 June 2021 14:00 - 15:00


Online with Zoom