April 28, 2011

TAIWAN: Two elderly Taiwanese likely starved to death

TAIPEI / The Taipei Times / Taiwan News / April 28, 2011

Two elderly sisters found dead in their home probably starved to death, police said yesterday, in a case that has highlighted rising concern over care of the nation’s aging population.

The women, aged 77 and 79, were severely emaciated when their partially decomposed bodies were found on Tuesday in an apartment in Taipei, police said.

Their 74-year-old brother, who appeared to be suffering from dementia, stayed with the corpses for several days before telling a neighbor.

The neighbor contacted the police, who had to force their way into the apartment to remove the bodies.

Police said they suspected that the sisters, who were apparently also suffering from dementia, had died of malnutrition because of a lack of care. Apart from their brother, they had no other living relatives.

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