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The Graying Planet
The graying planet
Health check-ups are included at a job fair for senior citizens in Seoul, South Korea. The nation's rapidly aging population threatens economic progress. Experts worldwide say that as workforces shrink and governments raise the retirement age, employers must be more willing to hire and retain older workers.

The Fahua Home for the Aged in Shanghai is full to overflowing. Tiny rooms are filled with three to four residents lying in beds crammed so tightly together that they touch. There's hardly room for anyone to walk in.

The tight squeeze is a source of continual surprise to Qing Zhuren, the manager. Traditionally, Chinese elders could depend on their children or grandchildren to take care of them in old age. But decades of strict ...

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