Ageing Population

Chinese required to provide emotional support for elderly parents

Tamara Rajakariar | 09 July 2013

Yes, even more evidence that the one-child policy is an epic fail.

Korea’s elderly turn to suicide as family bonds fray

Carolyn Moynihan | 21 February 2013

Parents who have spent everything on their children find there is no-one around to care for them in old age.

Visit your parents. That’s an order!

Carolyn Moynihan | 07 January 2013

A generation or two of China’s only children are being reminded of their obligations to elderly parents by a law change that comes into effect later this year.

Children enlisted to care for South Korea’s old and mentally frail

Carolyn Moynihan | 01 December 2010
How good are your children at relating to their grandparents? How would they respond if granny developed Alzheimer’s? These questions beg an even bigger one: how will societies with an average of 2 or less children per woman cope with a burgeoning elderly population and a growing worldwide epidemic of dementia? South Korea has come up with answers in a remarkable campaign.

Fallout from divorce increases

Carolyn Moynihan | 24 November 2010
Despite the ease with which divorce is contemplated and achieved today, research confirms that it is not good for the mental and physical health of children. A Canadian study suggests that children who experience a parental divorce are over twice as likely to suffer a stroke at some point in their lives.

Family Edge looks at news and trends affecting the family in the light of human dignity. Our focus is the inspiring, creative, humorous, annoying, ridiculous, and dangerous ideas in the evening news. Send tips and brainwaves to the editor, Tamara Rajakariar, at tamara.rajakariar@

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