Taking of an elderly parent should be done in love not by laws. It is hard to believe that a government has to by creating of a law to make someone take care of their parents.  China has passed a law in July requiring  that adult children provide mental support, in addition to financial support and life care, to their parents once they reach the age of 60.

This law was enacted as a result of  rising concerns that China has evolving into a more modern society and its tradition values of family are suffering. Elder abuse is a relatively new concern for China. In fact, most families are outraged by this growing health issue.

To date, over 1,000 elderly parents have sued their children for financial support. Of course, the elderly parents subject themselves to reprisals from their children.

In addition to China, India, France and the Ukraine have similar laws.  In the Spain under the Civil Code, spouses and children of elderly dependent people are responsible for their maintenance and care which covers everything that is essential for sustenance, shelter, clothing and medical assistance. The extent of the maintenance to be provided depends on the means of the providers and the needs of the dependent person. The obligation to provide maintenance comes to an end when the provider dies or when their wealth has fallen to such a level that continuing to do so would mean having to neglect their own needs or those of their family.

In the United States, there are  30 states that have laws requiring mandatory care of indigent elderly parents. These laws are seldom enforced while others of those 30 states ignore them.

I just want to remind everyone that if you live long enough, you will grow old. You reap what you sow.

As I always mention, please report all incidents to the proper authorities. You can also find information on the National Center on Elder Abuse’s website at

Please feel free to leave your questions or comments.


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