A recent survey shows that in many countries across the world people are generally living longer. But an increased life expectancy has many implications for the aging individuals and for the society as a whole. What are the possible effects of a longer life expectancy on individuals and the society?
The growing number of elderly people living around us nowadays was a manifestation that the aging of the population has become one of the salient features of our lives, and this has a significant impact on both individuals and society.
Individually, the increase in life expectancy is a "blessed pain" for the elderly. In ancient times, longevity has always been a dream of the general public. But at present, as this pursuit has already been fulfilled, they find that ageing is accompanied by an increase in potential diseases to some extent. Older people are less resistant and need more care from their families, but this may place a financial burden on their relatives in an economic respect. In addition, increasedlongevity means that "delayed retirement" will become a reality. However, the relevant participants are less productive and less receptive to new things than younger newcomers, inevitably leading to a decrease in employment competitiveness.
Ø blessed pain：幸福的烦恼
At the same time, social consequences may be brought. The one should be underlined is the aging of the population. Considering the cause of geriatric nursing, the government has to invest more in health insurance, and then in other social sectors such as education, environmental protection, and security. Besides, more and more senior people need pensions, and this will cause the next generation of young people to face more financial pressure. Moreover, whether pensions can withstand the impact of inflation is also a pressing social issue that needs to be addressed.
Ø geriatric nursing：老年护理
Ø withstand: 抵抗
To sum up, although many people have achieved what the ancients dreamed of, the downside of this demographic trend cannot be ignored.