Our population is aging. What will we do about it?

Due to population explosion and a global increase in average life expectancies, an unprecedentedly high percentage of the world's population is aging. By the middle of this century there will be up to 2 billion individuals over the age of 65, a demographic shift never before experienced in our human history. In addition, declining birth rates in industrialized countries means a decrease in the number of adults under 64. In Aging Social Policies: An International Perspective the authors consider how policy–domestic and international–affects and will continue to affect the lives of our aging population.

Mental Health Policies

Mental health policies

As people live longer and populations get older, the number of people with mental disorders is likely to increase over the next few decades. This burden creates an enormous cost in terms of suffering, disability, and economic loss, and trends indicate that it will only increase in the future. … To improve the mental health of populations, it is essential that governments formulate and invest in a coherent and comprehensive strategy.

—World Health Organization, 2001, p. 8

If I am well … I do not think about it [growing older]. I really don't care, but sometimes, I realize that I haven't got the energy I had, I see my life behind me and that there isn't too much to look forward to. ...

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