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Federation to deal with childless senior citizens

Members of the Shanghai Women’s Federation will pay regular visits to senior couples who have lost their only child and help them deal with problems like elderly care, illness and trauma.

The country’s one-child policy has affected families who have lost their only child due to illness, accidents or other reasons and are unable to have another child.

“The first need of such families is elderly care,” said Weng Wenlei, spokeswoman for the federation. “Many parents lost their child when they were in their middle ages and there is no one to look after them when they are old.”

The federation has urged the government to set up more elderly care institutes targeting such families and recruit volunteers to visit them from time to time so that they won’t feel lonely.

Official statistics showed there are 7,000 families who receive subsidies from the city government in Shanghai for losing their only child.

The number could be much higher as the figure does not include parents who are under 49 years old or families who did not apply for subsidy.



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