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Who Should Provide for Care of Senior Citizen Parents?

The question of who should provide for the care of senior citizen parents is a complex one, with no easy answer.


There are many factors to consider, such as the financial resources of the parents, the physical and mental health of the parents, and the willingness and ability of the children to provide care.

Some cultures view it as a moral obligation for children to provide for their elderly parents, repaying them for their care and support during the upbringing. However, in other cultures, there is no such expectation, and the responsibility for elderly care falls on the government or other social institutions.
In the Philippines, there is no law that explicitly requires children to provide for their elderly parents. However, there are a number of laws that provide for the welfare of the elderly, such as the Senior Citizens Act of 2010. This law provides for a number of benefits for senior citizens, including discounts on transportation, medical care, and other services.

The family involved makes the personal decision of who should provide for the care of senior citizen parents.  There is no right or wrong answer, and what works for one family may not work for another. However, it is important to have a frank and open discussion about the issue so that we can address everyone’s needs and concerns.

Are Children Legally Obligated to Provide for Their Parents?


The legal obligation of children to provide for their parents varies from country to country. In some countries, there are laws that explicitly require children to provide for their elderly parents. In other countries, there is no such obligation, but children may be held liable for the neglect or abandonment of their parents.

Withn the United States, there are a number of states that have filial responsibility laws. These laws typically require adult children to provide financial support for their parents who are unable to support themselves. However, these laws are rarely enforced, and there are a number of exceptions that can be applied.

In the Philippines, there is no law that explicitly requires children to provide for their elderly parents. However, there are a number of laws that provide for the welfare of the elderly, such as the Senior Citizens Act of 2010. This law provides for a number of benefits for senior citizens, such as discounts on transportation, medical care, and other services.

Ultimately, the legal obligation of children to provide for their parents is a complex issue that depends on a number of factors, including the laws of the country in question and the specific circumstances of the family involved.

The question of who should provide for the care of senior citizen parents is a complex one, with no easy answer.


There are many factors to consider, such as the financial resources of the parents, the physical and mental health of the parents, and the willingness and ability of the children to provide care.  In some cultures, children morally obligate themselves to provide for their elderly parents.

Most other cultures, the government or other social institutions see the care of elderly parents as a matter for them, and there is no expectation that children will provide for their elderly parents.


In the Philippines, there is no law that explicitly requires children to provide for their elderly parents.

However, there are a number of laws that provide for the welfare of the elderly, such as the Senior Citizens Act of 2010. This law provides for a number of benefits for senior citizens, such as discounts on transportation, medical care, and other services. The family involved makes the personal decision of who should provide for the care of senior citizen parents.

There is no right or wrong answer, and what works for one family may not work for another. However, having a frank and open discussion about the issue is important to address everyone’s needs and concerns.

Alphonse Tan

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Alphonse is a web technology auto-didact of sorts. With diverse interests ranging from business and travel to senior citizens' advocacy, his passion shines through in his various endeavors.

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