Using Material from Item 2B and elsewhere, asses the view that an ageing population creates problems for society. Many western societies such as the United Kingdom are experiencing the social, political and economic issues that are associated with an ageing population. Rising life expectancy poses a number of problems. People are living longer due to medical advancements (including the NHS) and improved sanitation. This has resulted in more services being needed to support the continually ageing population.
The marketing needs for this demographic are for more affordable health programs, tax credits and other programs designed to help offset the surmounting costs of long term care for the elderly. The need for continued care, financial stability and insurance coverage will continue to escalate because the general population that is aging will continue to grow. People in their 40’s and 50’s are starting to take care of aging parents and sometimes grandparents in addition to their own young families. There is definitely an increasing need for more services that will make the transition and quality of life easy and more comfortable for the people needing the additional care and the peace of mind that their loved ones are being well taken care of until they draw their last
As a result of, the recent recession the group hardest hit were youth, the elderly, indigenous people, the disabled, and women (Social trends and emerging challenges and their impact on public health n.d.). It is social problems such as this that demands the most attention, from our public personnel. If problems such as this are going to be dealt with, by either a private or public agency, or the combination of both of these, there will be a need to hire extra staff, more employable hours will be needed, and the finances to do it (Schottland,
Ageism Joyce F. Moore HCA 442 Issues in Aging Emily Abel, Instructor March 12, 2012 Ageism Ageism for the first time in American history, “the oldest old”—those over 85 are now the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. Medical advances have enabled an unprecedented number of Americas to live longer, healthy lives. So, what is ageism? Ageism is a social attitude. It is a way of looking at the older people that stereotypes them, just as people of particular races may be stereotyped as “smart”, ”industrious”, “thrifty”, “lazy”, or “easy going”, or when men and women are stereotyped as being “strong, “nurturing” or “sensitive” because of their
Ageing population in the UK Why do we have an ageing population? In the UK there are 10 million people who are over the age of 65, that is 16% of the population. People are living longer because we have better healthcare, better more varied and reliable diets, medical care has improved, medicines have become more advanced, we have good education and more money to spend on luxuries. In the UK people are getting married later and are having fewer children. Life expectancy is 81 years for women and 76 for men.
Encouraging older Americans to utilize their resources needs to reach them on a more intimate level than the general services that are being offered. Perhaps incentive and more services for caregivers may also allow older Americans to be exposed to existing services. A well-written policy does not always translate to well-funded, well-managed or well-executed programs. It seems that there have been adequate systems in place within the OAA they are just grossly underfunded. People are living longer and the population of these elders is increasing and cannot be properly executed with a diminishing budget.
These things include, having more houses and areas to live in order to avoid poorer living conditions and over crowded houses. The other factor is their much higher than average suicide rates, so having a therapist and a place for them to get mental health help would hopefully help to reduce this number and therefore raising their life expectancy average. Another element for this is their diet. If they have more access to healthier foods that can help them hopefully from developing diseases and illnesses and keep their bodies working at their best, therefore again extending their life
Meeting the financial and social service burdens of growing numbers of elders will not be a daunting task once the real challenges of caring for the aging population are achieved (1) making sure society develops payment and insurance systems for long-term care that work better than existing ones, (2) taking advantage of advances in medicine and behavioral health to keep the elderly as healthy and active as possible, (3) changing the way society organizes community services so that care is more accessible, and (4) altering the cultural view of aging to make sure all ages are integrated into the fabric of community life. Programs that support the aging population are costly and usually require tax increases to continue funding which diminishes the standard of living for younger generations. According to the United States Census Bureau, the nation's 90-and-older population nearly tripled over the past three decades and is more likely to be women and to have higher widowhood, poverty and disability rates than people just under this age cutoff (Bernstein, 2011). They survived the Great Depression and World Wars and worked very hard. The National Council on Aging states that 14% of adults aged 65+ face retirements with negative net worth.