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Zhoushan home to record high number of centenarians

Updated : 2021-10-12 (chinadaily.com.cn)

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File photo: Fu Xiande (3rd from L), the eldest Zhoushan citizen, celebrates his 100th birthday in Feb 2012. [Photo/WeChat account: zjzsrbs]

Zhoushan in East China's Zhejiang province is home to 70 centenarians, a record high for the city, according to the latest statistics from the Zhoushan municipal civil affairs bureau.

Among them, the eldest is 109-year-old Fu Xiande and 42 are female. Zhoushan currently has 15 families with five generations under one roof.

The city has rolled out a slate of favorable policies for the longevous. For example, senior Zhoushan citizens aged 100 and above will receive a subsidy of 500 yuan ($77.51) per month and a condolence payment of 5,000 yuan on the Double Ninth Festival from the local civil affairs bureau.

The bureau also offers a subsidy of 100 yuan per month to those aged 90 to 99 who have no retirement pension. It also purchases accident insurance for citizens aged 80 and above.

Statistics showed that as of the end of 2020, Zhoushan was home to 291,100 citizens aged 60 and above.

Better living conditions, medical care services, and home-based care services in the city are reasons behind Zhoushan's increasing senior population.

Currently, each village and residential community in the city has at least one home-based care service center and has access to meal delivery services.