(Adopted at the 21st Meeting of the Standing Committee of the
Eight National People's Congress on August 29, 1996 and promulgated
by Order No. 73 of the President of the People's Republic of China
on August 29, 1996)
Chapter I General
Chapter II Maintenance and Support by
Chapter III Social Security
Chapter IV Participation in Social
Chapter V Legal
Chapter VI Supplementary
Article 1 This Law is enacted in accordance with the
Constitution to protect the lawful rights and interests of the
elderly, develop the undertakings related to the
elderly and promote the Chinese people's virtues of
respecting and providing for the elderly.
Article 2 The elderly referred to in this Law are citizens at or
above the age of 60.
Article 3 The State and society shall take measures to improve
the social security system regarding the elderly and gradually
better the conditions that contribute toward their well-being, good
health and participation in social development, so that they are
provided for, have access to necessary medical care, have
opportunities for their own pursuits and studies and enjoy
Article 4 The State protects the lawful rights and interests of
The elderly have the right to obtain material assistance from
the State and society and enjoy the achievements in social
Discriminating against, insulting, maltreating or forsaking the
elderly is forbidden.
Article 5 The people's governments at various levels shall
incorporate the undertakings related to the elderly into the plans
for national economic and social development, gradually increase
the investment in these undertakings and encourage all sectors of
society to make such investment, so that these undertakings and the
economy and society develop in a coordinated manner.
The State Council and the people's governments of provinces,
autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central
Government shall take organizational measures to coordinate the
efforts made by relevant departments to protect the rights and
interests of the elderly. The specific institutions for the purpose
shall be prescribed by the State Council and the people's
governments of provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities
directly under the Central Government.
Article 6 It is the duty of the entire society to protect the
lawful rights and interests of the elderly.