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Indeed, many countries of the region have explicit declarations—sometimes enshrined in law (however unrealistic)—that care for elderly people is a family responsibility, a private affair in which the state has relatively little business. Therefore, anything that affects the ability of families to act cohesively and perform their duties of provision and service may have severe implications. Economic crisis crystallized the difficulties many families were facing even in good times in providing care for multi-generations under the varied effects of modernization.

This deficit might be offset by a greater proportion of rural older people living with their families, although social differentiation within the countryside and between country areas themselves can be considerable, as illustrated by Joseph and Phillips (1999) in the case of China. The interface between home and local services and facilities has not been effectively addressed anywhere in the region except in some newer areas of Japan and to a very much lesser extent in Singapore and Hong Kong (Phillips and Yeh 1999).

2b show the percentages of people aged 65+ and 75+ at 1990, 2010 and 2025 for most of the countries included in the book. The East Asian countries will almost all experience considerable growth in their elderly populations and most will have over 15 per cent aged 65+ by 2025; Hong Kong and Singapore will have over 20 per cent and Japan over 25 per cent. 2a Asia-Pacific: percentage of elderly population 65+ in 1990, 2010, 2025. 3b). By contrast, many of the countries in the southeast of the region will have percentages aged 65+ of below 10 per cent well into the next century.

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