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China Faces Daunting Challenges as Senior Care Comes of Age

By Cecilia Chang
Two women sit in front of an artificial mountain at the Laowulao Elder Care Facility in Beijing's Fengtai district in July. Photo: Cecilia Chang/Caixin
Two women sit in front of an artificial mountain at the Laowulao Elder Care Facility in Beijing's Fengtai district in July. Photo: Cecilia Chang/Caixin

On a muggy July afternoon, 91-year-old Zhao Zhuxian sat quietly in an outdoor courtyard at the Laowulao Elder Care Facility, the largest senior citizens home in Beijing’s Fengtai District.

“I don’t want to live here at all,” she told Caixin Global while resting in a rock garden. “I was kicked out by my kids.”

Zhao was forced to vacate her family’s three-bedroom apartment to make room for a newly married grandchild and spouse. “I don’t have any other choices,” she said, and then bluntly added, ”Living at home is way better than living here.”

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