Aging Population

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The growing number of the aging population in United States of America is straining the economy. The special group of people often requires special medical attention. Despite the fact that the old are economically less productive, great amount of economic resources are utilized in catering for their welfare.

What is aging population?

The aging population constitutes of individuals who are 65 years and above. The population of the aging people is on the rise in the United States of America. The increase can be attributed to increased longevity and the decreasing rate of fertility. The live expectancy has been on the increase thereby contributing to the increases in longevity. In the 1950s, life expectancy was 48 years, but between 2005 and 2010 the figure went up to 55-68 years. People within the age bracket need special attention due to their deteriorating state of health. The paper presents the impact of the aging population.

Impact of the aging population

The growing number of old people is straining the economy of US. The US aging population is likely to rise by 135% by the year 2050. By 2050, the number of individuals who are 85 years and over in US is expected to increase by 350%. The increasing proportion of the aging people has a significant socio-economic impact. The group needs more health and long-term care services than any other age bracket.
The US health care system is under a lot of pressure due to the big number of the older people. The younger population has to take the responsibility of funding various programs that caters for the welfare of the old. The American population is feeling the heat of the growing number of the old in the society since they have to pay tax to fund pension systems like disability insurance and social security. There are several social and economical challenges that are caused by the aging population. It is a hindrance to economic growth and development. An economy is driven by a youthful generation and not the old generation. It strains the economy since there is a great amount of financial and operational cost that are incurred in catering for the welfare of the old population.


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1st Sep 2015 (#)


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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
2nd Sep 2015 (#)

Life expectancy in US is 80 years now and increasing everywhere. It is a tough call when there is no quality in life but life is extended by modern medicine.

Thanks for this share - siva

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author avatar writestuff
11th Mar 2016 (#)

Timely post. U.S. presidential candidates: 3 Septuagenarian front runners. Wow, how great is medical science?

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