File photo of an elderly man sitting on a wheelchair as he visits a cemetery during Qingming Festival at Songhe graveyard, on the outskirts of Shanghai

 
File photo of an elderly man sitting on a wheelchair as he visits a cemetery during Qingming Festival at Songhe graveyard, on the outskirts of Shanghai
An elderly man sits on a wheelchair as he visits a cemetery during Qingming Festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day, at Songhe graveyard, on the outskirts of Shanghai in this April 4, 2013 file photograph. One of every four Chinese will be older than 60 by 2030, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs. The costs of caring for China's rapidly expanding elderly population are likely to be too heavy a burden for the government, forcing Beijing to find cost-effective and creative ways to provide care in myriad localities. The self-help model being practiced among the 1,500 residents of Qiantun offers a cheaper and streamlined alternative to a state-run system. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/Files
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