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Elderly Chinese enjoy better health but face challenging future

Seniors exercising at a park in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province. The number of China’s oldest old – those aged 80 and above – is rising faster than that of elderly Chinese as a whole. PHOTO: AFP
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SINGAPORE - Visit any park in a Chinese city and one would see groups of older people practising centuries-old exercises like taiji or dancing to folk tunes.

The elderly in China are an active lot, with 60 per cent of them exercising five times or more a week and nearly 17 per cent doing so three to four times a week, a 2017 survey showed.

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