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Internet users call for more help for elderly

By WANG HONGYI (China Daily)

09:25, November 14, 2012

An elderly man eats his meal with the help of a caregiver at a nursing home in Jinan, capital of Shandong province. LUO BO / FOR CHINA DAILY

Most people want the government to invest more money to care for the country's ever-growing elderly population, an online poll has found.

Out of the 8,476 Chinese polled, about 80 percent called for more money to go into the system over the next 10 years.

The majority of respondents were born in the 1970s or 1980s, and more than half said they struggle to care for their elderly parents because of pressures of work and living costs.

Other concerns raised in the survey, conducted by the China Youth Daily Social Survey Center, included the shortage of care homes and rehabilitation services, as well as elderly relatives' loneliness and geographically restricted medical insurance.

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