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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Cultures That Celebrate Aging And Respect Their Elders: China

Chinese children care for their parents in old age. 

As in Korea, Chinese families traditionally view filial piety and respect for one's elders as the highest virtue, deriving from the Confucian tradition. Although westernization has lessened the power of these values in some cities and communities, adult children are still generally expected to care for their parents in their old age.

"Placing your parents in retirement homes will see you labeled as uncaring or a bad son," Beijing resident Zhou Rui told China.org. "To abandon one's family is considered deeply dishonorable."

However, this tradition is beginning to break down in China, due to the country's one-child policy, rising life expectancy and an aging population. Nursing homes are beginning to become a more socially acceptable option for elderly care.

Courtesy: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/25/what-other-cultures-can-teach_n_4834228.html?ir=India 


Terrence Jackson said...

It's a part of their culture to take care of their aging parents. However, there are instances wherein informal caregiving is not enough. Adult children have no choice but to seek help from skilled caregivers or long term care facilities. In the past, this act is considered as deeply dishonorable but it's nice to know that society is starting to change its views regarding this issue.

People are living much longer these days which increases their chances to require any form of long term care. Around 7 out of 10 of people 65 and above will require long term care at some point of their lives. This is a pressing issue worldwide that needs to be addressed right away. In my opinion, letting your loved ones move to nursing homes and other long term care facilities is the best option since these can provide them with the proper care they need. These facilities comes with a price but there's nothing to worry because according to http://www.ltcoptions.com/long-term-care-insurance/ and http://longtermcare.gov/costs-how-to-pay/what-is-long-term-care-insurance/, long term care insurance can help cover the high cost of nursing home expenses.

Putting them inside facilities is not a sign that you don't love your parents. This is actually a sign that you really love them because you only want the best and proper care for them. But make sure to visit them once in a while and make them feel that they are still a part of the family.

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