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What are the consequences of an ageing population?

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What are the consequences of an ageing population? Jessel Patel 10F Ageing Population By Jessel Patel An ageing population is when a country has a high number of elderly people. Elderly people are economically dependent and they depend on working people to provide for them. More money has to be therefore created to fund hospitals, nursing homes etc. This money has to be provided for by the economically dependent population. Examples of where there is an ageing population is Australia, Japan and the U.K This is a table, which shows the change in people over 65. Year Total 65-79 80+ 1991 57,800 6,900 2,300 2001 59,800 6,600 2,400 2011 61,300 7,400 3,100 2021 62,100) 8,700 3,100 2041 61,600 11,100 5,500 Consequence 1: changes in dental care Country: U.K The Ageing population will have an effect on dental service and impact on training and skills required. ...read more.

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Consequence 2: Change in spending for health care costs. Country: Australia As can be expected, an ageing population means a better healthcare service is need to provide for the growing numbers of elderly people. The World Health Organization warns that the health impact could be enormous. It predicts a big rise in cancers, coronary heart disease, diabetes, dementia and other illnesses related to ageing. In forty years time Australians aged 65+ are expected to account for around 22% of Australia's population. As a result, total health care costs (public and private) are expected to rise from the present 8.5% of the Gross Domestic Product to 15% of the GDP. Meeting the budgetary requirements of an ageing population will now require other things being in balance. ...read more.

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The recommendation also is that these training centred are clustered together so that experts can assist in training. For informal carers support services should be made more available. This will mean that fewer people have to be sent to nursing homes. Overall, the system should encourage more training so more people will work for the sector and provide a better service. Conclusion Overall, an ageing population means that better and more extensive services will need to be created to provide for the elderly. In order that the bulge in population growth does not take, a toll on the young people in their old age forward planning should be made and the government should try to extract money from that bracket of the population whilst they are still working. This makes sure that resources are not a strain in the future and the young population are not heavily taxed. ...read more.

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