China is considering legislation that would require all adults to take care of their parents.  According to CNN, the law would require that adult children of elderly parents “visit their parents regularly, care for their spiritual needs and forbids neglecting or isolating the elderly.”  The law would also give elderly people who feel ignored by their children the right to “go to court to claim their legal rights to be physically and mentally looked after.”

The legislation is meant to help China manage its growing aged population. According to statistics released by the China National Committee on Aging, China has approximately 67 million people over the age of 60 and nearly 19 million over 80 years old.  Due to the urban migration spurred by China’s economic growth, half of them live alone without children. Additionally, a generation of China’s One-Child Policy has left the country with fewer workers supporting an increasingly graying population.

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