Fast-paced demographic changes represent a pressing challenge around the world. China, as the country with the largest population, and Germany, among the countries with lowest fertility rates worldwide, have experienced rapid changes in their demographic, social, and living structures in recent decades. These tidal shifts were brought about by changes in lifestyle patterns, migration, and an increasing overall life expectancy. In the case of China, the country’s expeditious urban transformation, a rising middle class, and population control policies have had far-reaching and unforeseen social implications. In this light, the conference highlighted practices, solutions and innovation in the fields of elderly care education and training, long-term care insurance schemes and age-friendly cities and districts.
The conference was organized by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and Yantai Municipal Government, supported by National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC), the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD), National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and Yantai High-Tech Zone.