Residents of a rust belt province in China are struggling with the consequences of rapid economic development that left them behind.
In recent years, the province of Guizhou has seen a surge in economic growth, but at the same time, many of its residents have been left behind. The province has become one of the richest in the country, but its elderly population has not seen the same benefits.
According to a recent survey, the average age of the province’s population is over 50, and the elderly are increasingly struggling to make ends meet. In addition, the province has seen a rise in poverty, with many elderly residents unable to afford basic necessities.
The situation has been made worse by the fact that many of the province’s younger residents have left to pursue better opportunities elsewhere, leaving the elderly even more isolated.
The situation has drawn the attention of the Chinese government, which has promised to invest in the province and provide more support to its elderly population. The government has also promised to provide more job opportunities and social welfare services to help the elderly cope with the economic changes.
While the government’s efforts may help to alleviate the situation, it remains to be seen if they will be enough to help the elderly population of Guizhou catch up with the rest of the country.