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By Roger Goodman, Sarah Harper

The quantity takes 4 key subject matters with regards to growing older – the event of previous age; intergenerational relatives; economics of and social coverage for growing old; sturdiness and the tradition of growing older - and examines how those concerns are rising in numerous areas of Asia, particularly, the previous Soviet Union, South Asia, China, Japan and South-East Asia. In putting those Asian instances reports within the broader context of debates approximately, and guidelines on, aging extra as a rule, it brings them into the mainstream of comparative examine on getting older from which they've been too usually excluded. because the reports exhibit, the connection among getting old and poverty is a posh one and sometimes displays coverage in the direction of the elderly instead of that the elderly themselves are unproductive and based. growing old, additionally, can now not be regarded as easily a countrywide query; we additionally have to think of the results of its worldwide size by way of concerns reminiscent of human rights and caliber of life.

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This type of support is far more affordable than the older type that involved having a live-in helper from the countryside. These findings indicate that there is real demand for a wider variety of services for the urban elderly and real opportunities for the private sector in meeting those demands. 4. Conclusions Modernization theory with Chinese characteristics argues that the consequences of modernization for Chinese elderly are likely to be especially severe, at least in part because of the reversed sequencing of the historical process.

G. provide more training for those who work directly with the elderly 62 (Zhongguo Laoling Kexue Yanjiu Zhongxin (China Gerontology Research Centre), 2003, pp. 7–8). These researchers do not argue that children should be looking after their parents. They recognize that most children are doing whatever they can, but that the financial and opportunity costs of providing care can exceed what is possible for them to afford. Nor, except for their proposal that teachers include (a stripped down version of) filial piety in their lesson plans, do they indicate they expect “thought work” (exhortations and persuasion) to solve any problems.

In fact, complaints about failures in the performance of filial duties date at least as far back as the time of Confucius (551 – 479 BC) who, according to Legge (1933, p. 16), lamented that: “The filial piety of nowadays means [only] the support of one’s parents”. Many would argue that such is the case today—thanks, primarily, to the Chinese Communist Party, and it is here that modernization theory receives one of its special Chinese characteristics. g. instead of working on the family farm young people migrate, find jobs on their own, live apart from their parents, and come to favour this arrangement.

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