Vast study seeks to understand China's ageing challenge

The study joins a family of 30 other well-established international ageing studies that are the most influential studies in the world on ageing issues. Based on a survey of 17,000 people, the study seeks to assess impact of social reforms on the lives of people in the world’s largest ageing society.timeline-online What I found incidentally of interest from the graphic, was the increasing time take to complete the questionnaire with age.

According to this article in the SCMP, the first major report from this baseline survey will be released today by Peking University in Beijing, however it does not yet seem to be available on their website.

The China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS) is a landmark survey of the middle-aged and elderly in China. It aims to measure the existence and impact of these social safety nets at both the household and community levels. It interviewed one person per household aged above 45 and their spouses to track the participants into retirement. The researchers will conduct follow-up study every two years, with the second one scheduled to begin this summer.

Sister surveys, which share key principles and features, are also in Mexico, England, Ireland, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Indonesia, South Korea, India, Thailand, Japan, and Europe (as a 19-country network survey).