October 24, 2021


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What kind of new thing is “time bank” Xi Jinping visitited? It’s a blue ocean

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Xi Jinping visits Chengde City in Hebei Province from Aug. 23 to 24, 2021. Photo shows the afternoon of the 24th, Xi Jinping in the Chengde City High-tech Zone Binhe Community Home Care Service Center, talking with elderly volunteers. Xinhua News Agency reporter Shen Hong photo



Have you heard of the “time bank”? This is not the plot of science fiction movies. In reality, the “time bank” exists and appeared in the itinerary of General Secretary Xi Jinping’s local visits.

On August 24, General Secretary Xi Jinping came to Hebei Chengde high-tech zone Binhe community inspection. Binhe community resident population of 3,715 people, of which 1,177 people over 60 years old, elderly services are the community’s focus. In recent years, the community has carried out an innovative initiative of home care services – the formation of volunteer teams and creating a “time bank.”

What is a “time bank”? To put it plainly, it is a volunteer team composed of retired people and veterans who are in good health in the community and work together with the staff to provide services at home every day. Volunteers provide senior care services. Public service time is deposited in the “bank” and can be exchanged for senior care services of the same length for themselves or their loved ones in the future. In a word, “serve others today, enjoy services for free tomorrow.”

In the community home care service center, Xi Jinping met with some of the volunteers. People told the general secretary, “To be a volunteer is to want to do something for the elderly and be able to play a little bit of residual energy.”

“What you have said is very good and very inspiring to me. While you are exploring to do a good job of aging, you also raised the question of how to do something with your old age.” Xi Jinping pointed out that it is necessary to combine active aging with active aging, study and improve policies and measures, encourage the elderly to continue to shine, give full play to the role of the younger elderly, and encourage volunteers to have more roles in community governance.

Indeed, for the elderly, a happy old age is inseparable from the material security of “old age” but also the spiritual pursuit of “old age.” To meet the needs of many older adults in many aspects, to properly solve the social problems brought about by the aging of the population, the overall situation of national development, the well-being of the people needs to make great efforts to deal with.

Xi Jinping inspects in Qinghai from June 7 to 9, 2021. Photo shows that on the afternoon of the 7th, Xi Jinping was at the Happy Canteen of Wen Ting Lane Community on Wen Hui Road Street in Chengxi District, Xining City, to learn about the community’s provision of catering services to the elderly. Xinhua News Agency reporter Yan Yan photo


According to the seventh census, China’s elderly population over 60 years old exceeds 260 million, which means there is one older person in every six Chinese people. A media survey shows that more than 90% of the elderly prefer to age at home.

How can the elderly enjoy quality senior care services right at home? Communities can play an important role in this regard. For example, the community can provide dining security, health care, and other functions for the elderly at home to meet the needs of the elderly to enjoy quality services without leaving the community, which not only helps to reduce the cost of elderly care but also allows quality elderly care services to benefit more older adults.

On June 7 this year, in Qinghai Xining Wenting Lane community, Xi Jinping came to the “Love the old happy canteen” located on the second floor of the community integrated service center and asked, “Is the cost of food high?” When informed that “different objects have different preferences” “more than 60 years old enjoy happiness price 6 yuan, more than 80 years old enjoy senior price 3 yuan”, Xi Jinping praised: “divided very fine, the work to do home should be so. ”

More than two months later, Xi Jinping came to Hebei Chengde Binhe Community Home Care Service Center. Staff randomly retrieved the health file of an older person, contact information, living habits, service needs, illness, and medication at a glance. The staff told the general secretary that the older man was suffering from the sequelae of cerebral infarction and was introverted and needed daily home delivery of medication, cleaning, and psychological counseling. Xi Jinping asked carefully, “Are these services fixed?” “How many people are on this platform?” “How much money does the government take out for this piece a year?”

Since its official operation in May 2019, the Binhe community has built an intelligent information platform for the elderly living at home and established an electronic file for each older adult in the community. The elderly residents need a key call. The information platform staff immediately contact the nearby volunteers, the first time to the elderly, to provide help meals, help cleaning, help medical and other home services.

During his visit to the Binhe community, Xi Jinping stressed the need to promote the collaborative development of the elderly and the elderly industry, the development of inclusive elderly services, improve the community home elderly service network, and build a home community institutions coordinated, combined with the medical and recreational elderly service system.

On Feb. 4, 2013, Xi Jinping came to the dining room of a “virtual nursing home” in Lanzhou to learn more about the situation. He also picked up a plate full of food, walked to Yang Linta, a 72-year-old man, and gently served it, inviting him to eat. (Photo source: Xinhua News Agency)


During his local visits, Xi Jinping repeatedly walked into elderly institutions and elderly service stations.

For example, in Lanzhou, Xi Jinping praised the virtual senior citizen restaurant as not at all “false,” and the photo of him personally serving food to an elderly person touched countless netizens; in a community home care service station in Fuzhou, Xi wished the elderly a long and healthy life and urged the staff to “do a good job”; when inspecting an elderly care center in Shanghai, Xi said that the Party Central Committee attaches great importance to the work of elderly care services and that policies should be put in place to benefit more elderly people ……

As you can see, the elderly are not only a “family matter” of concern to many families but also a “national matter” that Xi Jinping has been concerned about. At present, the number of older adults in China is large, and aging is fast. In the face of the rolling “silver hair wave,” how to let every old person enjoy a happy old age?

In February, the Central Political Bureau of the twenty-eighth collective study, research, including pension insurance system, the development of social welfare undertakings, including a series of major issues; May, the Central Political Bureau to listen to the “14th Five-Year Plan” period In May, the Central Political Bureau was briefed on the major policy initiatives to actively deal with the aging of the population during the 14th Five-Year Plan period. In addition, the outline of the 14th Five-Year Plan proposes several initiatives for the elderly, including “integrating and utilizing stock resources to develop community-embedded elderly care” and “actively developing rural mutual help happy homes and other mutual help elderly care The “Fourteenth Five-Year Plan” outlines several initiatives for the elderly, including “integrating and utilizing the stock of resources to develop community-embedded elderly care” and “actively developing rural mutual aid homes and other mutual aid elderly care.

In Beijing’s Four Seasons Green Home for the Aged, many elderly have a precious photo of Xi Jinping at their bedside.

It was the eve of New Year’s Day 2014 when Xi Jinping visited the elderly in the home. When someone proposed to take a photo with the General Secretary, Xi readily agreed. He personally greeted the older adults and deliberately placed the elderly in wheelchairs in front of himself. After the group photo, Xi instructed the people concerned to ensure that the photos were delivered to the older adults who participated in the group photo.

He stressed that every older adult could live a peaceful, quiet, and comfortable life, live a long and healthy life, and enjoy a happy old age.

Xi Jinping visited front-line workers and older adults in Beijing on Dec. 28, 2013. Photo shows Xi Jinping posing with senior citizens’ reading club members at the Four Seasons Green Home for the Elderly in Haidian District, Beijing. Photo by Ding Lin, Xinhua News Agency

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