Older people: it is urgent to change the way you see and treat them

THURSDAY, APRIL 8TH, 2021

The response to the pandemic has highlighted how widespread age discrimination is: this is stated in a United Nations document, which urges a change in the way we see, treat, and respond to older people

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Some older people, over 60 years old, who in 10 years will make up 34% of the population; that is, from 1,000 million in 2019 it will have gone to 1,400 million.

And in 2050, the world's population of older people will double to 2.1 billion.

The aging of the population will be the main engine of change in our society, it will not be technology, climate change or globalization.

This will lead to face some challenges such as paying pensions and dealing with social and health expenses, among others.

But aging can also be an opportunity, for example to increase productivity, exchange material and non-material goods with younger generations (such as education, values, or experience) and build bridges between young and old.

Another interesting opportunity, in the opinion of UN, will be, predictably, "the birth of anti-discrimination laws by age, the same as those of gender equality."

In that future, a new long-term care model must also be promoted, and special attention must be paid to home services.

The social transformation that aging is going to bring about will logically have an impact on the medical profession.

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