Effects of the Aging Population in the U.K.

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Q. Explain the effects of an ageing population in the U.K.

A. There are numerous effects and problems caused by the fact that the population of the U.K. appears to be growing older. Throughout this essay i will attempt to identify these numerous problems, which include economic implications, social implications, Pension factors etc. Then i will attempt to round the essay off with an effective conclusion which will identify the key body of my text and give a general consensus of what i have stated.

In the U.K. it is clinically proven that we have an ageing population. Men live to an average age of 75, which places them 14th in the world ranking table (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/1977733.stm) and women to a staggering 79.9, ( http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/1977733.stm), which places them in 18th place in the world for the longest expected life span. The reason i state these facts as staggering is due to the fact that they are double the expected life span of people living 200 years ago. The reasons for this boom in life prevention are numerous, firstly peoples general level of health today far outways that of our ancestors. What i mean is that we have better standards of living than they we're able to have e.g. better quality housing with central heating commonplace in most homes, and the issue of dampness no longer a major issue which as we know lead to a number of deaths from related illness back in the early to mid 20th century. Also we are more informed about how to avoid illness in this day in age, therefore we are far less suceptable to diesease than previous generations we're. For example, sexual health issues have become a major issue which has been addressed by the NHS in a number of ways i.e. making condoms available for free, ensuring that the youth are made aware of how to avoid contracting sexual diseases by introudcing talks in PSE and seminars to ensure children are made aware of the potential diseases. We are also more of aware of which foods are good for us, such as how much fruit and vegetable is advisable in a good diet, how too many sugarry foods can affect our systems etc, so we are once again less succeptable to various dieseases than previous generations. People aged 60 and over already outnumber children under 16 in the UK for the first time (http://news.

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