The Development of China’s Community Care and Its Impact on Older Adults’ Health and Subjective Wellbeing: 1998-2018 (68044)

Session Information: Aging and Gerontology
Session Chair: Natalia Ozegalska-Lukasik

Saturday, 1 April 2023 14:05
Session: Session 3
Room: Room 707
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

As China has experienced rapid population aging, the demand for elder care services has increased dramatically. The gap in service demand has become especially concerning because the traditional provision of eldercare heavily relies on informal care provided by the family. Social and demographic transformations have made the family-reliant care model unsustainable. Community care has become a reasonable and practical option to balance the care demand in China. While community care plays a significant role in elder care provision, care regimes scholars focus more on the study of care provided by the state, market, or family but less on the community sector, especially on the effect of community care on the health and subjective well-being of older adults. Using eight waves of national longitudinal data from the Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Study, the paper aims to analyze the development of community care services, assess the links between community care and family support, and evaluate the impact of community care on the health status and SWB of total Chinese older adults and subpopulation groups (such as childless and disabled older adults). The preliminary results of the fixed effect models showed that the perceived availability of community care services predicted a better health status and life satisfaction of older adults in China. However, the effect of community care services varies by different types of community care services and subpopulations. The study helps to deeply understand the development of community care, and its effect on their health.

Shibin Yan, Rutgers University, United States

About the Presenter(s)
Shibin Yan is a Ph.D. candidate at Rutgers University Public Affairs and a research assistant at Walter Rand Institutes. He focuses on elder care, policy evaluation, and care regime.

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