Caring for the infirm is now a social burden
Taiwan has 750,000 old people who are physically dysfunctional, who suffer from dementia, and who are mentally and physically handicapped. They are being taken care of by an estimated 1,500,000 family members. Among these family members who have to take care of a handicapped senior family member, 80% have to work and have to spend 6 hours a day caring for their infirm family member, and 65% of them suffer from shoulder pain, wrist pain, lower back pain, stiffness in the arms and numbness in the limbs. These are the peripheral costs of caring for the infirm member in the family.
In 2014, 210,383 babies were born on Taiwan. In 2015, 213,598 babies were born on Taiwan, showing an increase of only 3,215 newborns in the population. At the end of March, 2016, children under 12 years old constituted 11.4% of the total population of 23 million, and senior citizens over 65 years old constituted 12.69% of the total population.