Spatial characteristics of demand and supply of elderly care institution in Shanghai

Authors: Shan SONG*, Nagoya University, Can WANG, Tongji University
Topics: Urban Geography
Keywords: spatial characteristics, demand, supply, elderly care institution, Shanghai
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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As one of the first group of areas in China that step into the aging society around the beginning of 21 century, Shanghai is experiencing a rapid deep aging process of the household population. The recent trend of elderly care development is that, on one hand, traditional home-based care pattern is challenged in the current social economic context, while on the other hand, elderly people's demand for the institution-based care pattern is increasing. With the data of China 2010 population census and Shanghai elderly care service map, this study makes an analysis of the spatial distribution of the elderly people and nursing homes in Shanghai. The result shows mainly three points. The first point is that downtown is the most population densified area where about 60% of household elderly population crowd to live. Secondly, the aging levels in downtown and outer suburbs are higher than that in inner suburbs, thus it forms a high-low-high circle structure. Thirdly, although the nursing homes seem to be accorded with the household elderly population on the characteristics of spatial distribution, downtown nursing homes shoulder much heavier pressure of elderly care service than the suburb ones.

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