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Old age care the ask of the hour
By the time you end up reading this sentence, 7 people would have been added to the global population chart. It is estimated that the world’s population will touch a mind-boggling figure of 9.2 billion by 2050 with three times as many people (against present population) above the age of 60. Thanks to technology and better medical facilitation, the average life-span will be above 72 years by 2025 A.D. While diseases like cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, infectious diseases and cancer would cause mortality, increasing medical progresses would have increased the longevity across the world. In the future then, old age is bound to create complications for society. The worst sufferers would be females who, though having a better average life-span than men, are more likely to be susceptible to physical and emotional violence. More than the growing population then, the incapability of providing a better life style for millions of elders would be worrisome.
The waning practices of family care and positive attitude towards the elders thence becomes alarming. Effective steps like adult day care and counseling, home health aides, nursing care and tax benefits to adult children who live with their parents need to be urgently considered, if not forcibly implemented.
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