A nursing home in China is paying people to visit their elderly parents

One nursing home in China has figured out a way to get adult children to visit their elderly parents more often: A Suzhou care center in Jiangsu province, is giving out "filial piety awards" in the form of cash vouchers, according to Yangtze Evening Post, reports the BBC.

The most valuable vouchers, worth 200 yuan, or a little less than $30, are given to those who pay 30 visits over two months. Lower-value vouchers are given to those who pay fewer visits.

The program — meant to help curb loneliness and improve life for residents — has caused family visits to spike, with thousands of dollars of vouchers being paid out.

Indeed, research shows social relationships affect mental and physical health, even impacting mortality risk. And at least one study — on elderly folks in rural China whose families had migrated elsewhere — suggests good mental health can be the top factor determining quality of life in aging populations.

Other countries have similarly introduced initiatives to incentivize young people to spend time with the elderly, though not within their families.

One retirement home in the Netherlands, for example, offers free housing to students who spend 30 hours a month being "good neighbors" to the elderly residents.

And a program in Helsinki, Finland — one of the most expensive cities in the world for housing — offers subsidized housing to young people in an old persons home in exchange for their time.

One reason for the growing need for such programs is shifting living arrangements: As intergenerational households have declined across the world, older people are finding themselves more socially isolated than ever before.

At least at the Suzhou nursing home, financial incentives appear to be working.

"My son has come to see me a lot more than before — it seems as though this 'award' has played a role," Mr. Wu, an elderly resident of the home, told the Yangtze Evening Post.

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SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 17: Elderly blind Chinese resident Chen Guoqing, 67, walks to his room at the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home on March 17, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 18: Chinese Buddhist nun Neng Qing, 81, who runs the facility and its one of its founders, greets residetn Wu Yuanhe, 85, during a visit to his room at the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home on March 18, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 18: An elderly Chinese resident walks in the rain at the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home on March 18, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 18: Elderly Chinese residents You Jinsheng, 80, who is paralyzed and Chen Guoqing, 67, who is blind, are seen in their room at the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home on March 18, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 18: An elderly Chinese resident waits before a meal at the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home on March 18, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 18: An elderly Chinese resident serves herself food during lunch at the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home on March 18, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 18: Chinese Buddhist nun Neng Qing, 81, who runs the facility and its one of its founders, opens the curtains of a residents room at the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home on March 18, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 18: Chinese Buddhist nun Neng Qing, 81,center, who runs the facility and its one of its founders, holds the hands of elderly residents as she walks them to lunch at the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home on March 18, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 18: Elderly Chinese residents chat as they wait before a meal at the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home on March 18, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 18: An elderly Chinese resident stands in the rain at the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home on March 18, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 18: Elderly Chinese resident Chen Minying, 92, stands outside her room at the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home on March 18, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 18: Elderly Chinese resident Chen Minying, 92, stands outside her room at the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home on March 18, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 18: Chinese Buddhist nun Neng Qing, 81, who runs the facility and its one of its founders, embraces an elderly Chinese resident as they greet each other at the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home on March 18, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 18: An elderly Chinese resident prays in front of her food during lunch at the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home on March 18, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 18: Chinese Buddhist nun Neng Qing, 81, who runs the facility and its one of its founders, embraces elderly Chinese resident Luo Yudi, 81, who suffered a stroke as they greet each other at the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home on March 18, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 17: Elderly Chinese couple Qiu Farong, 87, left, and wife Wei Chaidi, 86, walk downt he road after prayers and lunch at the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home on March 17, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 17: Chinese Doctor Li Laifeng, 70, who has volunteered for the last 20 years, checks an elderly Chinese resident in the small clinic at the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home on March 17, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 17: Elderly Chinese resident You Jinsheng, 80, who is bedriidden and paralyzed lays in his room at the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home on March 17, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 17: Elderly Chinese resident Zhang Shixin, 66, sits in the room with his disabled sister Zhang Aiyu, 55, at the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home on March 17, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 17: Elderly Chinese resident Chen Minying, 92, prays before lunch in the dining hall of the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home on March 17, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 17: Elderly Chinese residents pray before lunch in the dining hall of the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home on March 17, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 17: Elderly Chinese residents serve themselves lunch in the dining hall of the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home on March 17, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 17: Elderly Chinese residents gather for lunch in the dining hall of the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home on March 17, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 17: Elderly Chinese residents take off robes after a prayer and chanting session at the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home on March 17, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 17: Elderly Chinese residents gather for lunch in the dining hall of the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home on March 17, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 17: Elderly Chinese residents wear robes as they kneel during a prayer and chanting session at the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home on March 17, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 17: Chinese Buddhist nun Da Yong, 62, bangs a metal gong to alert elderly residents before morning prayers at the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home on March 17, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 17: Elderly blind Chinese resident Chen Guoqing, 67,left, listens to his radio as as he exercises in the old temple area at the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home on March 17, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care.àà Chinaâs rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on Chinaâs social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the countryâs decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 17: An elderly Chinese woman kneels as she prays during a prayer session at the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home on March 17, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 17: Elderly Chinese resident Le Lianzhu, 85, lights candles as she performs rituals before morning prayers at the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home on March 17, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 17: Elderly Chinese residents wear robes as they walk during a prayer and chanting session at the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home on March 17, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 17: An elderly Chinese resident walks out of his room in the old temple area at the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home on March 17, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 17: Elderly Chinese villager Hong Meizi, 83, prays before a meal at the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home on March 17, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 17: An elderly Chinese resident lights candles before morning prayers at the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home on March 17, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 17: Elderly Chinese residents serve themselves food during a meal at the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home on March 17, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 16: The hands of Chinese Buddhist nun Da Yong, 62, are seen during a prayer session with elderly residents of the nursing home at the Ji Xiang Temple on March 16, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 16: A picture of Zhang Guiying, and elderly resident of the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home who passed away last month is seen in a funeral prayer room at the temple on March 16, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 16: Elderly Chinese residents take part in a prayer and chanting session at the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home on March 16, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
SHA COUNTY, CHINA - MARCH 17: Chinese buddhist monk Dao Yuan, 51, stands in front of a statue of the Buddha at the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home on March 17, 2016 in Sha County, Fujian province, China. The Buddhist temple, which houses a nursing home, opened in 2000 as a spiritual promise by a revered elderly monk to provide care and compassion for the aged. Local officials say it is the only temple in China that provides sanctuary at no cost to its elderly residents, who, in some cases have no family to care for them as their children have migrated to major cities for work. Local villagers support the nursing home with donations of food, and it receives some government funding to ensure shelter and limited medical care. China's rapidly aging population poses a demographic challenge for the state, as the number of people over age 60 is expected to reach nearly half a billion within 30 years. The increased pressure on China's social safety net to support the elderly is complicated by a low national birth rate given the country's decades-long one-child policy. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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