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Advantages and Disadvantages of Aging Populations
What is an Aging Population?
In almost every MEDC, the proportion of people aged over 60 years is growing faster than any other age group. The reasons for this trend are often complex.
They include, or will include in the next decade or so, the tremendous impact of the "baby boomer" generation, increases in life expectancy, changes in fertility patterns and for many geographical locations, out-migration of the younger members of society.
This population aging can be seen as a success story for public health policies and for socioeconomic development, but it also challenges society to adapt, in order to maximize the health and functional capacity of older people as well as their social participation and security.
On a Demographic Transition Model, a country with an aging population would be in Stage 5.
An example of an aging population would be Canada. A Canadian born in 1960, for example, can expect to live 20 years longer than a Canadian who was born in 1900. This is mainly because of the improvement in health care and medical sciences over the years. Meanwhile birth rates have declined, so that a growing proportion of the population is over 65. By the year 2031, approximately 20% of Canada's population - one in five - will be seniors. Below is a population pyramid of a country with an aging population:
Here is a video showing some of the advantages and disadvantages of an aging population:
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