The Aging Process

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Humanity has come a long way as we evolve and adapt to the changing environment. Through the years, we have managed to overcome several limitations, which in the past were nothing more than dreams. We succeeded in landing on the moon and communicating over long distance, yet there are still some boundaries we have yet to cross despite our best effort. Aging is an inevitable process of nature. While we cannot stop the ticking clock in our body, we have made it possible for aging to be delayed and relieved to a great extent through advance technology and modern governance. High-tech equipments and medications are available for the treatments of more illnesses as our understanding of medicine improves and governments nowadays are doing more for the elderly population in their society.

With more emphasis placed on healthcare by governments today and the advancement of our medical technology, people get to live longer. Cancers are not as deadly as in the past and new vaccines are constantly being developed. People, including the elderly, are made less vulnerable to the incapacitation of diseases, and in a way, we become biologically stronger. This also means an increase in the productivity of the aged, physically. McClatchy Newspapers (2008, October 20) suggested that with the miracle of modern medicine, 60 might be the new 40. However, most treatments do not come cheap and chronic illnesses, especially, take a toll on their finances as people live longer. "One hospitalisation, for example, a stroke can set you back at tens of thousands of dollars,” as stated by Associate Professor Paulin Straughan, sociologist, National University of Singapore in Channel NewsAsia (2009, August 19). In fact, most elderly are not rich and ma...

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...rce to support the economy and generate enough money for healthcare subsidies and government pension as mentioned previously. While there are temporary measures to alleviate this problem, such as rising the retirement age and importing foreign workers, the key is still to increase the fertility rate.

The aging process has been eased with the modernization of our society as better healthcare technology and government welfare are available to serve the elderly. However, this revolution has generated a rising aging population which would be a problem to all levels of the society. Governments in developed countries should look beyond temporary solutions to rising aging population and focus on getting people to reproduce. While there are initiatives like maternity welfare and baby bonus to encourage reproduction, I believe more can be done and hope for the better.
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