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Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia and China are rapidly urbanising and confronting the same issues as us.
Consider this brief extract from an article in the Jakarta Post: Is this the Asian example Hunt wants us to emulate?
Indonesia’s National Commission for the Elderly said only 3.9% of the country’s elderly in 2006 could rely on their monthly pension fund.
The commission said this drove about 50% of elderly women to rely on their children and their partners, compared with 29% of elderly men.
Now you don’t have to think for too long about the Chinese economy to realise that this is almost certainly baloney.
But as the global recession grips, it becomes harder for people to continue sending money back to care for the older generation.
Even if people work locally, it is now common practice in an increasing number of countries – including India and China – for both men and women to work and the situation is exacerbated by a work culture of long hours, leaving little or no time to take care of parents.
(So much for the BBC’s anti-government bias.) I decided to track the figures down and discovered a study by Keming Yang and Christina Victor entitled .
It found that the percentage of elderly people reporting feelings of loneliness varied widely throughout Europe. As you can see, northern Europe, including the UK, comes out pretty well.