BEIJING, April 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Today, 2017 Tsinghua Aging Industry Forum was convened at Tsinghua University. Centering on the topic of “Layout & Positioning”, the Forum discussed the layout of and opportunities in China’s aging industry and the specific practical experiences of social organizations, enterprises and individuals. As a leading company of Nutrition, Health and Wellness, Nestle delivered a keynote speech on Nutrition as Part of Solution for Healthy Aging: It also Takes a Village for Healthy Aging in China.
Tsinghua Aging Industry Forum has been successfully held for 9 years and has become one of the most influential forum platforms in China’s aging care industry. As the first food company invited by the forum, Nestle has always treated nutrition and wellness of the elderly as a focus and one of its research topics. Dr. Kai Yu from Nestle Research Center introduced Nestle’s experiences and highlighted the important role of nutrition for healthy aging in China.
Aging gracefully and solve elderly chronic diseases with nutritional diet
According to the 6th Census data in 2010, population over 50 years old constituted 28.3% of the total population in China. By 2050, the ratio could reach 1/2. China faces severe aging problem. During the Forum, officials from the Family Development Division of the National Health and Family Planning Commission of the PRC (NHFPC) introduced the main message and background of the Planning of Development of the Aging Industry and the Elderly Care System in the 13th Five-Year Period. The Planning points out that compared to other countries, China faces more complex aging problems. The most severe ones include a large absolute number of old people and a rapidly increasing number of vulnerable elderly who live alone and who are disabled or partially disabled. The demand for elderly care industry is huge.
China State Assessment Report on Aging and Health jointly published by WHO and NHFPC validated the situation. The Report mentioned that average life expectancy in China was 76.3 years in 2015. However, average healthy life expectancy was only 66 years old. “In the ten year gap, physical function and quality of life are affected by chronic diseases and other risk factors. Narrowing the 10 year health gap is the main challenge for realizing nationwide healthy aging.” Dr. Kai Yu said, “Nestle’s research on healthy aging is dedicated to explore nutrition solution for helping to address this challenge. Nestle is committed to improving life quality of the middle aged and the old people and contributing to extending the average healthy life expectancy of the Chinese people by providing healthy nutrition for prevention of nutrition related chronic diseases.”
During the keynote speech, Kai Yu introduced the concept of “biological age” which is based on measurements of biomarkers and functional indicators. “We usually say that an old person doesn’t look…