Acting Chairperson Icyang of the Council of Indigenous Peoples visited the Cultural Health Station in Zhongli District, Taoyuan City, today (July 10) to show concern for local indigenous elders. It was announced that in 2023, an additional 22 cultural health stations were established nationwide, bringing the total to 503, providing care services to approximately 15,600 individuals daily.
In recent years, cultural health stations have offered services such as physical measurements for elderly individuals, activities to delay disability, wellness check-ups, and nutritious meals. The average lifespan of all indigenous peoples from 2016 to 2021 has increased by two years, from 71.92 years old to 73.92 years old. The overall care environment for indigenous peoples has seen significant improvement due to the government's promotion of the Long-Term Care policy 2.0.
Acting Chairperson Icyang stated that funding for cultural health stations has become more stable since 2017 when President Tsai Ing-wen instructed that it be supported by the Long-Term Care Services Development Fund, financed by the Taiwan Lottery. As an example, this year's budget has grown to NT$1.258 billion, allowing for the expansion of such stations. In 2016, there were only 121, but as of this year, there are 503. To address the gradual migration of indigenous peoples to urban areas, the Council of Indigenous Peoples places great importance on establishing cultural health stations in urban areas. In 2016, there were only nine such stations in urban areas, but that has now increased to 89, ensuring that indigenous elder care is available in both indigenous regions and urban areas so everyone can lead healthier and happier lives.