Abstract: With the increase of old-age population and the consistent low birth rate, the issue of supporting the elderly has received widespread attention from all walks of life in the society. The conventional system of supporting the elderly is severely challenged recently, by the miniaturization of family scale, the advancement of women’s social status as well as the effect of foreign culture. Given that China has not yet turned to a developed country and that thorough dependence on institutions to support the elderly does not conform to the situation of China, it is necessary to search for a mode of supporting the elderly suitable for our country. This paper takes Qinhuai district of Nanjing as an example and probes the mode of supporting the elderly in cities, through which to find out with targets the flaws in the mode of elderly support in cities. It will help people guide more correctly the development direction of the mode of supporting the elderly in cities, thus to realize the standard of “care for the elderly”.
Key words: aging population, the mode of supporting the elderly in cities, home-based care...