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Many Countries Face Aging Populations

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Professional caregivers who provide senior care note that countries all over the world face a similar challenge that the United States is now facing. The number of people over the age of 60 is Family Caregiver Tips in Tallahassee FLincreasing. In almost all countries with aging populations, the trend is towards providing elder care as in-home care. The reason for this is patient satisfaction is higher, the ability for the seniors to stay healthy is enhanced, and the healthcare costs are less with home care, than when the same person is in any form of institution.

All over the world, healthcare systems and the delivery of healthcare services are shifting. This is happening to accommodate the new population demographic of having more seniors who need care.

The United Nations issued a report on World Population Aging that concludes the aging trend has the characteristics of being:

  • Unprecedented -This is the first time this has happened in human history and the aging of the population will be even faster than it has been in the past.
  • Pervasive – This worldwide phenomenon affects everybody. Some countries are ahead of others. The speed of change may be different. Nevertheless, countries that begin this aging trend later will have to adjust more quickly than others do.
  • Enduring – This trend will continue for the foreseeable future and will never revert to the younger population demographics experienced in the past.
  • Profound Implications – This aging trend with seriously impact all parts of society.

The United States goes from 12.5% of its population over the age of 60-years old in 1950 to 26.9% (predicted) in 2050. Currently this figure is around 19% and rises to over 24% by 2025. To see how a specific country is doing, each country’s statistics are on the United Nations: World Population Aging 1950-2050 Index. An easy way to get a global overview of the effect of aging on the world population is to see the world map showing the changes expected from 2014 in comparison to 2050 on the Global AgeWatch Index.

America Compared to the Top Ten Countries with the Highest Aging Populations
There is an interactive map provided by Radio Free Europe showing the ranking of countries with the largest percentage of population over 60-years old. Even though Americans are well aware of the challenges and we are doing our best to face them, the United States ranks only number 39 in the world. Many other countries have a much older demographic right now. Nevertheless as the massive amount of “baby boomers” become older, the United States will rise in this ranking.

The countries currently with the greatest numbers of people over the age of 60-years old are:

  1. Japan
  2. Italy
  3. Germany
  4. Bulgaria
  5. Finland
  6. Greece
  7. Sweden
  8. Croatia
  9. Portugal
  10. Latvia

Summary
Two trends contributed to this global aging. Mortality rates declined in developed countries and birth rates also declined. This has a massive effect on geopolitics as population demographics change. The good news is there is a certainty of increasing demand for professional in-home care providers who provide senior care or elder care.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Tallahassee Florida, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today: (FL) 850-386-5552 , (GA) 229-236-5552.  Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida & South Georgia

Source
World Population Aging:  1950-2050
http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/worldaging19502050/

United Nations: World Population Aging 1950-2050 – Countries or Areas Section
http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/worldaging19502050/countriesorareas.htm

Global AgeWatch Index Map
http://www.helpage.org/global-agewatch/population-aging-data/population-aging-map/

AGING WORLD Interactive Map
http://www.rferl.org/contentinfographics/oldest-population/26615160.html

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Brian Moran

Brian Moran, RN is both a Partner and Director of Marketing for Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. Brian has worked at the Bellevue Hospital in NYC, Tallahassee Community Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital and has over 12 years’ experience as a home health care nurse at American Home Patient. Since joining Hopewell In-Home Senior Care in 2008, Brian has used his knowledge of health care and local resources to help seniors in Tallahassee, FL navigate the medical resource maze. His goal is to assist seniors and their families by increasing awareness, affordability and quality of in-home caregiver services for those who wish to age in place.