By Erik Crouch
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According to regulations passed by the Chinese national legislature on Friday, you should stop putting off that trip to your parents’ house. A new law requires citizens with elderly parents to visit them “often” or else face a potential lawsuit.
According to the Washington Post:
State media say the new clause will allow elderly parents who feel neglected by their children to take them to court. The move comes as reports abound of elderly parents being abandoned or ignored by their children.
A rapidly developing China is facing increasing difficulty in caring for its aging population. Three decades of market reforms have accelerated the breakup of the traditional extended family in China, and there are few affordable alternatives, such as retirement or care homes, for the elderly or others unable to live on their own.
China’s elderly are an expanding demographic that has less and less help from the younger generations (see: Pigsty Granma). This new law will hopefully stave off an elderly-revolution while China figures out how to best deal with its aging population.