Science vs Aging Essay

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Science vs Aging Thesis Statement: Health care and science resources should be conservatively allocated to our aging population, focusing on providing quality to the aging years without draining assets in a reckless attempt to extend life. Introduction: The demographic projections in the United Sates are significant. Between 1982 and 2030 the median age will move from 30.6 to 40.8 years and the proportion of the population over 65 will go from 11.6 to 21.1 percent (Committee on the Aging Society, 1985). Persons over 85 are the fastest growing age group, 21 times more numerous than in 1900 (Callahan, 1995). This is also an international issue; by 2040 most developed countries will have 30 percent of their population over 60…show more content…
Such hardships can make elderly parents feel like a burden and can lead to irritability and depression among children caregivers. Particularly affected are daughters, who have traditionally fulfilled caregiver roles. Adding adult caregiving to the responsibilities of a modern women can "drain her of her prime yearsî(Brakman, 1994, p.26). The responsibilities of younger generations must be factored into aging discussions. If not through family care, they are at least affected through tax expenditures. The key component of aging discussions is the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of elderly individuals. In the process of extending mortality we have also extended morbidity. 39 percent of 65-75 year-olds and 66 percent of over 85 year-olds suffer from chronic disabilities (Committee on the Aging Society, 1985). For many elderly, retirement years are far from "golden." Physical debilitation, embarrassing illnesses, and dementia leave many elderly frightened, lonely, and disengaged. Disengagement theory holds that elderly should withdraw from societal responsibilities and relax in their final years. However, this withdrawal often causes elderly to feel useless and removes responsibilities that keep their minds sharp and bodies healthy. If modern medicine provides more years, it is the responsibility of modern society to facilitate quality years (Callahan 1995). Old age can be a fulfilling
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