World-Wide Challenges of Aging Population Management

World-Wide Challenges of Aging Population Management

As my interest, today I came cross the overall challenges of managing aging population. I came with some questions regarding this problem. Is it the problem of developing countries? Is it the problem of developed countries? Is there same equal status of aging within countries or within particular cities? It is definitely world-wide problem but the nature of problem is completely different in developed and developing world.

I strongly believe in social justice and equality because I see power in their powerlessness and believe that their marginalization is a result of systemic discrimination, inequality and oppression.   For example, all children are equal by birth but all children could not get the same opportunity to exploit their full capacity as a human being just because of burning in a particular family, society or country. Our society has not utilized millions of expertise and skill in elderly because hunger and disease never allowed them to reach their maximum potentiality. They die in a quiet corner unheard of and uncared for. Who is responsible for millions of hunger related deaths in the world while in many developed countries we worry about the growing number of obesity in senior population because of overage and over nutrition? This growing disparity of global resource distribution is posing a threat to the survival of many people in the developing countries. Therefore, I strongly believe in the equality and equity of resource distribution and redistribution.

The root cause of discrimination is socio-cultural set-up, such as caste, religion, political affiliation, level of awareness, economic and geographic differential. Developed countries such as North America, European counties have been facing challenges in this area. But, they don’t have such kind of lower nutrition and hunger problem. They are facing over nutrition and obesity problem. Although interesting fact is both developed and developing countries has been facing the problems of chronic disease in older age. Therefore, the approaches to address these problems should be multidimensional. There cannot be a one single method to address these social issues. Various systemic components which are based on unequal power relations, benefit oriented competitions and status quo produce and perpetuate social disadvantages creating a vicious cycle of inequality, injustice and oppression. I believe that any strategy to solve a problem should constitute both the structural and contextual interventions.

The facts of aging population in developed country, America, are as follow:

  • More than 90 percent of older adults have at least one chronic disease
  •  Every 29 minutes, an older people die.
  • About 90% of Americans people with aged 55 and over are at risk for at least hypertension or high blood pressure.
  • About 23% of the older population is affected by Diabetes.
  • Women are more likely than men to develop this chronic conditionin America.
  • At least 25 percent of total aging populationexperiences some mental disorder related problems including depression, anxiety disorders, and dementia, and half of them haven’t gotten any treatment.
  • Older populations aged 80 and over have the highest suicide rate of any age group.

(NCOA, national council on aging, http://www.ncoa.org/press-room/fact-sheets/healthy-aging-fact-sheet.html)

About 20–30% of older peoplesevere injuries and getting problem of bruises, hip fractures, or head traumas in America (WHO,http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs344/en/index.html)

 

In conclusion, aging is something we all do but understand very little in practice. They are national dignity interim of health status indicator, and always help to increase the life expectancy of the nation.

Links:

http://www.ncoa.org/press-room/fact-sheets/healthy-aging-fact-sheet.html

http://www.acgnn.ca/documents/Successful__Healthy_Aging_study_group_Jan_9_11.pdf

http://www.gov.mb.ca/shas/elder_abuse/weaad.html

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs344/en/index.html

 

 

 

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2 responses to “World-Wide Challenges of Aging Population Management”

  1. Lake Rose says :

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  2. binods2013 says :

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