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Moon Jae-in and Ahn Cheol-soo announce their pledges for welfare programs for elderly citizens Updated: 2017-04-19 11:58:11 KST

The top two presidential candidates announced their set of pledges for the senior population Tuesday.
And both Moon Jae-in of the Democratic Party of Korea and Ahn Cheol-soo of the People's Party seemed to have a lot in common in terms of their welfare policies regarding senior citizens.

Moon Jae-in's camp announced a total of nine pledges, and their top goal is to increase monthly pension to about 280-U.S. dollars to people aged 65 years or older in the lower 70 percent of the income bracket, from the current 175 dollars.
They also pledged to strengthen national support for dementia treatment, and lower the cost of dentures and dental implants by half.
Quality job creation for senior citizens was also among the pledges.
Ahn Cheol-soo's camp also announced a similar set of pledges, including an increase of the monthly pension to about 280 dollars to people over 65 in the lower 50 percent of the income bracket.
Ahn also vowed to lower medical costs, especially for dementia patients, and strengthen education programs for seniors and employment opportunities.

A key pledge presented by both camps was to expand senior citizen community centers, as well as medical and educational support.
One out of four voters in May's presidential election is over the age of 60, so candidates are eager to target and win the support of this crucial demographic.
Park Ji-won, Arirang News.
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