China: Old Age

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Ms Wang (right) looks through pictures with Ms Wu (left). Ms Wang is a 68 year old widowed woman living in central Shanghai, Ms. Wu is a volunteer working for a community group to visit old age people and keep them company. Growing old is becoming big business for some and a serious problem for others in China as the country is facing a crisis with their rapidly aging population. The problem is significantly worse than the aging baby boom generation in Europe and North America. Chinaís One Child Policy has added to this problem as the burden of elderly parents is planted squarely on the shoulders of an only child.