FLI Takes on Eldercare in China

Monday, November 21, 2016

Fox Leadership International Faculty Director John DiIulio at the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Pukou community elderly health management center in Nanjing.

Fox Leadership International (FLI) has launched a five-year research and service project on eldercare in China. With an elderly population that will be about as large as the entire U.S. population by mid-century, China faces an eldercare crisis of epic proportions.

In April, FLI's 30-member China-U.S. Partnerships for Educational Advancement and Cultural Exchange Student and Alumni Steering Society sponsored a forum on eldercare in China that was framed by discussions among Penn's 2,100 presently enrolled Chinese national students. Then in May, FLI partnered with the Penn School of Nursing Science faculty to host a delegation of Chinese leaders working on various aspects of the eldercare crisis. Among other activities, the group visited the School of Nursing-supported Living Independently for Elders center in West Philadelphia.

Later in the spring, eight FLI undergraduate and alumni fellows spent six weeks in Suzhou, China, where they studied the topic with diverse academic, business, and government experts and visited facilities in several cities. FLI Faculty Director and Frederic Fox Leadership Professor of Politics, Religion, and Civil Society John DiIulio was among the keynote speakers at a conference on China's eldercare crisis at the Penn Wharton China Center in Beijing in September.