File photo shows residents of the Beijing First Social Welfare Institution-affiliated nursing home, playing billiards during their recreational time in the facility in Beijing

 
File photo shows residents of the Beijing First Social Welfare Institution-affiliated nursing home, playing billiards during their recreational time in the facility in Beijing
Residents of the Beijing First Social Welfare Institution-affiliated nursing home, play billiards during their recreational time in the facility in Beijing in this March 1, 2013 file photograph. The segment of China's population older than 60 will more than double by 2028, 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/Kim Kyung-Hoon/Files