Number of Empty Nesters Soars in China
   2013-03-07 07:16:26    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Zhang Zhang

An authoritative report reveals China's elderly aged over 60 reached 194 million by the end of 2012, with 99 million among them becoming empty nesters. [File Photo: china.org.cn]

 

China's graying population has reached 194 million by 2012. A report on China's Aging Development released by Chinese Academy of Social Sciences shows that nearly half of that number is going to be empty nesters, meaning they are away from their grown up children's care. As Liu Xiangwei finds out, dealing with the aging population has become an inevitable task for China.

The Report on China's Aging Development released by Chinese Academy of Social Sciences revealed, that China's elderly aged over 60 reached 194 million by the end of 2012, with 99 million among them becoming empty nesters.

The number of empty nesters in China's urban areas has grown by 10 percent from 2000 to 2010. Their needs for safety, proper living and family company remain unsatisfied.

Guo Ping, associate research fellow at China Research Center on Aging, says the change in family structure, improvement in living conditions and a lack of nursing homes all contribute to the rise in number of empty nesters.

"The reform of China's housing system is pushing young people away from their parents. Also, elderly people ages 60-69 usually want to live alone unless they have serious illness or can't look after themselves."

While Law on Protection of the Rights and Interests of the Elderly as amended last year has specified that family members should visit or communicate with the elderly very often, Guo says the implementation of such laws will meet with difficulty.

"It's easy when you try to communicate with them from a long distance away because today's communications technology is very well developed. But when it comes to visiting in person, it's more difficult. For example, it's very difficult to ask a migrant worker to visit his parents anytime except for the spring festival."

On the part of the elderly, Guo suggests they take part in community activities and cultivate hobbies to ease their moods.

"It's important for these empty nesters to involve themselves in society. They can join community activities, or even become volunteers. Also they might need to cultivate some hobbies."

Guo also says the government, on the other hand, should provide more services and facilities for the elderly.

For CRI, this is Xiangwei.

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