The News Lens
By: Tim Ferry
Taiwan is facing a social time bomb as its population ages. Critics question how the Tsai
administration intends to pay for long-term care and ask what the implications are for the future.
Seventy-year-old retiree Mrs. Lin is part of the fastest growing demographic in Taiwan – the elderly, who now account for some 13 percent of the population but will likely reach 20 percent by 2025, bringing Taiwan into the ranks of the super-aged societies.
Yet the retired septuagenarian is healthy and active, keeping a schedule of activities ranging from dance classes to volunteering to care for grandchildren that would exhaust people one-third her age. With a wide network of friends and family and benefiting from many government-sponsored community programs aimed at keeping the elderly engaged and healthy, Lin represents the best side of growing older in Taiwan.