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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a clarion call to leave no one behind. Older persons are among the groups in society most at risk of facing such a fate. In this context, the 2002 Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing provides a comprehensive framework for building inclusive societies, detailing how to ensure the participation, care, and dignity of older persons. To support this process in the Asia-Pacific region, the 2013 Asian and Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Population and Development calls on member States to “Strengthen health and social protection systems to prepare for and respond to the needs of older persons … by providing an integrated continuum of care, including … long-term care and end-of-life care, and palliative care” (para 159).
In Asia and the Pacific, the number of older persons aged 60 and above is projected to more than double from 572 million in 2017 to almost 1.3 billion in 2050. Rapid population ageing in the region, combined with changing family patterns and gender roles, has increased demand for long- term care (LTC)1 for older persons.
This policy brief highlights financing options for LTC for older persons, with a focus on examples from the Asia-Pacific region. It builds on analytical studies conducted by ESCAP on LTC in China, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, Singapore and Sri Lanka.

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