China Tracking The Elderly


In this April 1, 2016 photo, a worker swipe the “Beijing Connect” old person’s card for a customer at a steamed bread store in a supermarket in Beijing. When people over 80 in Beijing take a bus, see a doctor or spend money, their activities are digitally tracked by the government, as part of an effort to improve services for the country¬ís rapidly growing elderly population. The data amassed with each swipe of the multi-purpose “Beijing Connect” old person¬ís card goes into a massive database of the elderly in the capital. City authorities hope the information will enable them to better cope with their burgeoning population of over-60s, which already stands at 3 million. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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