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01:36 Sep 30 2011

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Homes for aged to be built in Lhasa
11:00, July 29, 2010  

To implement the policy of building more homes for the aged, a report was submitted to the departments concerned by the Ageing Committee of Lhasa, capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region, sources from the Ageing Committee of Lhasa.

The Lhasa Municipal Government aimed to carry out the pattern of 'home for the aged', in which the local government agencies and social organizations provide care and services for the elderly based on the community.

However, at present, the elderly citizens are living with their children, which has slowed down the implementation of the home-caring policy.

Nowadays, it is a common practice in the inland that senior citizens spend their time in private or public welfare organizations, whereas in Lhasa, few old people would like to go to the homes for the aged except those without children staying by.

Several factors such as custom, nature and environment contribute to the situation, Besides, filial piety is another reason why Tibetan elderly prefer to stay at home. In young people's mind, sending their parents to the aged homes is an immoral behavior.

Now, there are 7 welfare houses and 45 aging nursing homes in villages and towns of Lhasa. As an important complement for the traditional way of caring for the aged, 'home for the aged' is a key part in promoting community service and setting up the elderly welfare system.

By Jany China Tibet Information Center


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