Blind resident Chen Guoqing, 67, listens to his radio while exercising in the old temple area at the Ji Xiang Temple and nursing home in Sha County, China. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Buddhist monk Dao Yuan, 51, bangs a drum to summon residents for morning prayers. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

The Ji Xiang Buddhist Temple’s nursing home was started by an elderly monk in 2000 to provide care for seniors who have no family to care for them. It survives on the generosity of local villagers who bring food, and on government funding that helps maintain the home and provide basic medical care for the residents. Ji Xiang is in a rural area of Sha County in Fujian province in the southeastern part of China.

Getty photographer Kevin Frayer made these touching photos of Ji Xiang and its residents in March.


Resident and nuns light candles after morning chanting and prayers. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Residents leave the temple after a prayer and chanting session. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Residents walk in front of the temple and nursing home. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

The U.S. census bureau reports that the world’s 65-and-over population will more than double to 1.6 billion by 2050. The number of Americans 65 and over was 48 million, or 14.9 percent of the population, in 2015. While that number is also projected to grow, the percentage will not show as dramatic an increase as some Asian countries.

According to the Xinhua news agency, China’s current population of 1.37462 billion will jump to 1.42 billion in just four years, with a corresponding rise in the percentage of people over 60. The country’s one-child policy, which began in the late 1970s, is probably the major cause of this age discrepancy. It was officially changed to a two-child policy this year, but not soon enough to avoid this shift to an older society.


Residents gather for lunch in the dining hall. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Residents serve themselves food. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

A resident prays before eating. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Li Laifeng, 70, a physician, who has volunteered for the last 20 years, checks an elderly resident. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Buddhist nun Neng Qing, 81, who runs the facility and is one of its founders, visits resident Wu Yuanhe, 85, in his room. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

You Jinsheng, 80, right, who is paralyzed, and Chen Guoqing, 67, who is blind, in their room at the nursing home. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Resident You Jinsheng lies in his bed. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

A resident lights incense in front of the temple and nursing home. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Buddhist nun Da Yong, 62, prays with other residents. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

A picture of former resident Zhang Guiying, who passed away last month, is set behind candles and incense in a funeral prayer room. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Buddhist nun Neng Qing, 81, who runs the facility and is one of its founders, greets a resident. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Couple Qiu Farong, 87, left, and wife Wei Chaidi, 86, walk down the road after prayers and lunch. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)