Levi's Case Essay

2087 WordsNov 11, 20149 Pages
When the Nest is Empty They were always there—life’s first performance, all the graduation ceremonies, the glorious occasion in life and also the failures that have ever happened. They have never been absent whether it is the moment of exhilaration or deep sorrow. They are parents. Nevertheless, one day, children will be strong enough to fly away from the nest where they were growing up, leaving their parents behind. Empty nesters refer to elderly parents whose children have grown up and left home, no longer live with them. In developed countries, empty nest family appears long time ago, and till now, it has already become a common phenomenon. The ratio of elderly parents live with children is 10-30% while in developing countries this ratio reaches 60-70%. Before the WWII, in the United States, 52% of elderly people lived with their children, and this ratio dropped to about 10% in 1980s. Larger proportion of elderly people lived alone. Till now, among all the developed counties except for Japan, most elderly people have been living in empty nest families alone without their children’s company. But in developing countries, the phenomenon of empty nesting is much more common (Empty Nest Family). According to China’s Fifth Population Census, 22.83% of the country’s households which has elderly people over 65 years old are empty nesting families (Fifth National Population Census Bulletin, 1). The following chart shows the living arrangements of married American men aged 60 and older (The Dramatic). It is obvious from the chart that during 1880-2000, the ratio of empty nesters has been increasing. Like a coin has two sides, the phenomenon of the empty nesting is very complex for it has both advantages and disadvantages in terms of loneliness and depression, health condition, private space, and marital satisfaction for both empty nesters and

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