Aging Population : A Social Problem

944 WordsMay 3, 20164 Pages
Aging population is now a worldwide issue for both under-developed and developed countries. This has created many implications for health care and government policies. In this essay, I will start with an introduction of what aging population is all about. The next paragraph will highlight why our aging society is seen as a social problem in relation to social, economic and political effects and ways in which the state can respond to this aging population issues. An ageing population is “defined as a process which increases the proportion of old people within the total population” (ilo.org, 2016). With the growing number of the elderly living longer and fertility rates falling, the ageing population is vastly increasing and is causing challenges now and in the long run, for Britain and other countries around the world (21stcenturychallenges.org, 2016). In England alone there were around ‘9 million UK residents, or 16 per cent of the UK population were aged 65 years and over’ (local.gov.uk, 2016). By 2050 it is estimated that the number of people aged 65 will double to nearly 19 million (parliament.uk, 2016). The demographic changes of an ageing population impacts on the social, political and economic system in a country, causing serious implications. The following paragraphs below will identify the social, economic and political challenges that may arise as well as ways in which the state can resolve the issues. The economic issues that arise with an ageing population is
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