ymbol of social progress,” he said.Xu said China has an estimated 85 million people with disabiliti

s craving for accessible designs. The need was also fueled by the country’s fast-aging population.

 上海会所品茶微信The National Statistics Bureau said in January that China had almost 250 mil

lion people age 60 and above, accounting for 17.9 percent of its population.

A 2016 survey conducted by the Office of National Working Commission on Aging fo 上海会所

und more than 40 million seniors had limited or no capacity to take care of themselves.

 上海会所品茶微信Chen Zhenhua, head of the office’s information technology department, said Chinese seniors have an average eight ye

ars of poor health before they reach a life expectancy of 77 years old, and many are victims of bone and joint diseases.

“That has seriously affected seniors’ mobility and social participation,” he said. 上海会所

In 2016, the office, alongside the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development and dozens of other depart

ments, issued a guideline on creating a senior-friendly environment, which kicked off a flurry of programs aim

 上海会所ed at renovating old residential buildings with limited accessibility for vulnerable groups.

China had about 170,000 such old communities nationwide, and about 5 million ele

vators are needed to improve living conditions for more than 42 million families, the vice-minister of ho 上海会所品茶微信

using and rural-urban development Huang Yan said at a news conference early last month.

As of last year, more than 10,000 elevator installations have been finished, and ano

 上海会所ther 11,000 elevators were either under construction or going through the approval process, she said.

In addition, China also renovated almost 3 million homes for families of disabled people 上海会所品茶微信

between 2016 and last year, according to a white paper released last month by the State Council Information Office.

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