The chinese have a long tradition of respect and reverence for the elderly. They still have that respect, but changing economic pressures have enforced changes in the relationship between parents and offspring.
A recent survey by the China Research Center on Aging found that only 12% of 19,986 elderly people interviewed nationwide said they would be willing to stay in nursing homes – the vast majority wishing to stay in the neighbourhoods they were familiar with and be with their children. Sadly, few are able to enjoy that as more and more children are forced to migrate to other areas to obtain employment – 2010 figures showing 54 percent of elderly people in urban areas lived in “empty nest” families, while 45.6 percent of elderly people in rural areas lived alone.
Fortunately for those elderly living alone, there are “senior citizen recreation centers” which offer a wide variety of services to cater for their needs – see http://tinyurl.com/8lbmzz3
Now if similar ‘recreation centres’ were available in the UK, I might look more favourable upon my own impending retirement years !