China rolls out psychologial care program for elderly

Added On July 6, 2019

China has introduced a two-year pilot program to find out the psychological conditions and needs of senior citizens at the primary level.
The National Health Commission (NHC) announced the plan on Thursday.
According to the NHC, the pilot program covers 1,600 urban communities and 320 villages, and focuses on permanent residents aged 65 or above.
Under the program, psychological assessment is carried out based on the personal will of the elderly, and necessary mental interventions and suggestions of medical treatment would be offered depending on the results. 
The NHC says the program is initiated in response to increasingly prominent mental problems among the elderly in recent years.
With training sessions, the program is expected to improve the ability of medical workers at the primary level to better identify common psychological issues and offer corresponding help.