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Causes and consequences of increased aging trend in modern society
Causes and consequences of increased aging trend in modern society

Author(s): Dragana Vilić
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Sociology, Demography and human biology, Gerontology
Published by: Naučno udruženje Sociološki diskurs
Keywords: aging; old people; the causes of aging; the consequences of aging; active aging;

Summary/Abstract: This paper analyzes the causes and consequences of the increased trend of population aging in contemporary society expressed in several previous decades. This refers to increasing the share of the population aged between 60 and 65 years and over (chronological criteria are defined in the modern age in relation to age in which the working activity stops, they can not be applied to African countries), that is the share of the elderly population of 7 (and more) percent of the total population. As a result, we have the increased number of demographically old societies. Aging is a biological process, but also a social construct, because at different times and in different societies are differently set boundaries of age, attitude towards aging, status of elderly people and the like. The most important demographic characteristics that cause aging of the population in modern society are: lower fertility, lower mortality (especially the older groups) and migrations. Accelerated aging of the population undermines the economic and social balance in the society in which it is expressed (increased pressure on funds of social, health and pension protection) it requires the increased investment effort to deal with this problem and its resolution, but there are consequences for individuals (loss of autonomy , loneliness, illness, etc.). In recent years, the attitude towards old people and the experience of aging have changed due to an improvement of the overall quality of life (working and living conditions, progress in the field of medicine), which gives an opportunity to the people of this age to lead a full life of different activities (travel, education, acquisition of new skills and the like.).

  • Issue Year: 6/2016
  • Issue No: 12
  • Page Range: 5-34
  • Page Count: 30
  • Language: English