Tomorrow (Oct. 17) is Chongyang Festival, or “Double Ninth Festival”, which falls on Sept 9 on the lunar calendar. It is all about respect for senior citizens.
“The Old World Of The Future” series takes a look into the challenges facing the elderly today, as the old ways are changing. The traditional retirement plan was to rely on one’s children, but now the elderly are starting to outnumber the youth.
Baojian Cheng spends most of her time alone in a small apartment. She takes copious amounts of pills every day, and goes to the community health center twice a week for health checks. She is just one of many elderly trying to find her way in a society that increasingly requires her to look after herself.