Age well: attitudes matter in a greying world
- WHO and Orb Media research about the old population and its various implications.
- World Health Organization finding says that 60% of people across 57 countries had negative views of old age.
- According to population trends by 2050 nearly one out of five people in the world will be over 65.
- Older people are often viewed as less competent and less able than younger people.
- Older people are considered a burden on society and their families rather than being recognized for their valuable knowledge, wisdom and experience.
- The Orb media found low levels of respect for the elderly. It research for older people in 101 countries.
- There is strong connection between how we view old age and how well the people age
- The countries with low levels of respect for the elderly are at risk of mental and physical health and possess higher levels of poverty compared with others country.
- Pakistan scored the highest in terms of respect for older people.
- Respect for older people is a long-standing tradition in Pakistan. This attitude towards ageing is a much healthier embrace of the ageing.
- According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the United Nations and others:
- Older people in countries with high levels of respect for the elderly report better mental and physical well-being compared with other groups in their countries
- Japan Status:
- Japan has world’s longest lifespans and low birth rates
- Japanese people are starting to realize that elderly people need support
- In Brazil old age has become associated with incapacity.
- Countries everywhere outside Africa are rapidly growing older.
- Broader Implications of Attitude change
- A shift in attitude of people could improve a lot about old age populations.
- The countries with positive attitude towards old age report lower rates of poverty.
- Individuals with a positive attitude towards old age are likely to live longer and better health than those with a negative attitude.
- Younger populations will have to care for older populations with increasingly expensive health care needs.
- Positive attitude people are less likely to be depressed or anxious, they show increased well-being
- Positive attitude people recover more quickly from disability. They also are less likely to develop dementia and the markers of Alzheimer’s disease.
- The result from Germany, Australia and Americans have shown that people with positive views on ageing lived 7.5 years longer than those with negative views.
- Some research shows that increasing meaningful contact between young and older people can break down negative stereotypes.