The Need in China

As with many parts of the world, the older adult population in China is growing rapidly, and so are lifestyle-related illnesses such as obesity and diabetes. These realities require a large workforce of trained rehabilitation and wellness professionals to help people recover from age-related injuries and disabilities, adopt healthier lifestyles, prevent future injuries and illness, and maximize their independence and well-being.

Yet, in China, the urgent need for those professionals is far surpassing the supply:

Just 1 in 60 people needing rehabilitation in China has access to care.

  • China’s older adult population is expected to double over the next 35 years, from 185 million adults over the age of 60 today, to 487 million by 2053.
  • The childhood obesity rate has risen exponentially in just a generation, from roughly 1% of all Chinese youth in 1985, to 17% of boys and 9% of girls in 2014.
  • Of the 85 million people with disabilities in China, only 25.5 million are receiving rehabilitation services.
  • China has just one rehabilitation therapist for every 100,000 people—compared to 60 per 100,000 in most developed countries.

As one of the largest providers of rehabilitation and wellness services in the United States—with more than 18,000 therapists serving more than 55,000 patients every day—Genesis Rehab Services (GRS) created GRS Academy to help China meet its urgent need for highly-trained rehabilitation and wellness professionals.

Through a cost-effective mix of online and on-ground training, we are empowering hundreds of Chinese healthcare workers and organizations with the same evidence-based skills that have enabled GRS to achieve extraordinary patient outcomes and become a recognized U.S. leader.

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  2. China Daily, China’s Aging Population to Double by 2053, October 23, 2012
  3. Science Daily, China Pays Price of Western Lifestyle with Soaring Childhood Obesity, April 2016
  4., Push Renewed for Rehabilitation Services, September 2016
  5. International China Ageing Industry Association, Rehabilitation Training Professionals, 2015