The Treatment Of The Elderly

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COMPARISON OF THE TREATMENT OF THE ELDERLY IN THE US, EUROPE AND THE REST OF THE WORLD.
In Saudi Arabia people are costumed to treat their elderly fairly, after all that is what they deserve. However western nations like the United States (US) and European nations, like France, Germany and the many others in the European Union (EU) do not. Actually, they are sent to foster homes for the elderly and neglected there. It is cruel, but it is a reality. The way the elderly are treated varies across the world. Firstly, it is worth noting that the age of people considered to be old is different in different parts of the world. For example, in the United States, people who are 65 years of age and above are considered to be old. In New Guinea, anyone above 50 is considered an old person. The United Nations considers people of age 60 and above to be old. It is obvious that people of the above mentioned ages have different mental and physical abilities and therefore the kind of treatment they receive and the level of care required by them is different. According to various studies and censuses done all over the world, it has been found that the world’s population is aging (2). This is attributed to the fact that people across the globe are living longer due to improvements in healthcare and nutrition. As would be expected, the population shift brings with it a new set of challenges among the population.
The usefulness of the elderly is also a big factor in determining how they are…
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