Elder Care – Laws for Parent Care
Should there be a law for caring for your own parents when they can no longer do so for themselves? Some countries seem to think so. And some antiquated (but still viable) state laws call for parents to be financially, emotionally and physically responsible for their elderly parents.
Laws for eldercare are becoming more common as the aging population of nearly every country is swelling. The government of China for example, just implemented a new law which requires that children provide for the needs of their parents, both emotional and physical. This includes frequent visitations. Non-compliant citizens can face fines and potentially, jail time.
This eldercare law in China is causing some problems for one-child families. Since 1979, China has had a policy that couples may only have one child. This one child policy, which has been in effect for approximately 3 decades, seems to be currently falling by the wayside. It has created social and economic repercussions. The number of young Chinese men far outnumbers the number of young Chinese women, as male offspring was largely favored. Grandparents and parents are aging while there is only one child to take care of them.
In the Ukraine and some of the other European nations, there is an obligation for children to give assistance to their aging parents. In fact, the elderly who are in a needy situation can sue their children in order to get financial support. Additionally, one sibling can sue another for not paying their share of the parent’s elderly home care costs.
Make sure you know what the laws are in your state, and in the state your parents reside in. Most adult children are willing to do whatever they can to help their aging parents, but for those that aren’t; they might get caught unawares by a law in their state requiring them to do so.
It’s happening the world over – people are living longer and the aging population is increasing much faster than the birth of babies is. In Japan, it’s sometimes referred to as the silver wave. Nearly 25% of their population is over the age of 65. As an interesting note, by the year 2020 it is predicted that in Japan, adult diapers will outsell baby diapers.
What is there to learn from this? Maybe several things – plan for elderly care with as much zeal and energy as planning for retirement; plan to take care of your elderly parents while saving for your own elder-care in the future.
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