It is a difficult subject for many families to face, but the threat is there: degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease will render many elderly individuals vulnerable to fraud and theft. While it is important for families to discuss these issues when developing an elder care plan, a new survey indicates that doctors may play a significant role in helping to protect their older patients. This issue is likely to become more critical as the baby boomer generation continues to age.
Earlier this summer, an unusual new law went into effect in China. Specifically, the law requires children to care for their elderly parents and even mandates regular visits and phone calls. If a child fails to care for his or her parents, they could face mediation or even a lawsuit. According to Chinese reports, the purpose of the law is not only to protect the interests of those over the age of 60, but also to ensure the continuance of the Chinese tradition of filial piety.
According to the Population Reference Bureau, the elderly will account for approximately 16 percent of the world’s population by 2050. Of these 1.5 billion people, a substantial number will require around the clock care and providing this care will pose a significant burden.