Buddhist temple provides sanctuary for China's aging population

Our elderly family members need certain amounts of special care regardless of where you are in the world, but China's rapidly-aging population requires an entirely different level of attention.

Given China's low birth rates due to the recently abolished one-child policy, the aging population presents a unique issue. The government expects the number of citizens in the country over age 60 to reach nearly 500 million in the next 30 years.

In 2000, the Ji Xiang Buddhist Temple opened the doors to a first-of-its-kind nursing home within the walls of the temple. The monks at the temple take in the elderly of rural southeast China and provide food, shelter and some medical care. They also provide friendship, as many of these senior citizens no longer have family in the area.

Click through the slideshow above to see a look inside the lives of China's elderly who spend their days within the Ji Xiang Temple's nursing home.