Life Expectancy of the Elderly

            Although the percentage of elderly people in the United States has tripled since 1900, the population of elderly is expected to double between now and the year 2030. Not only is the number greater, but they are also living much longer. Even though there is a large population of elderly people in the United States, we as a society overlook them as if they aren't there. Women make up the majority of the older population and have a life expectancy that is longer than men's. As a result of longer lives, women are expected to experience chronic illnesses and disabilities. They are also more likely to live alone, be single and become poor in their old age. When I went to visit the cemetery I realized that majority of the people deceased were elderly men. After my visit, I came to the conclusion that men were more of the hard workers, which gave women the opportunity to take better care of them and in turn they lived longer lives. .

             The elderly are treated differently all around the world. The group presentations that were displayed in class gave me a better understanding of how older people are treated in different countries. The presentations taught me that in all countries the elderly are supposed to be treated with full respect. Japan is similar to the United States in some of the rules they have dealing with the elderly. Rules apply such as giving up your seat, helping with tasks and just showing respect. In the United States death is a spiritual celebration of the passing of a loved one. Death and dying is a sad moment for everyone, but it is also a ritual to celebrate the life of the deceased person and the life they have ahead of them in either heaven or hell.

             As both the number of older people and their life expectancy increases, the greater the number of elderly that have to deal with a terminal illness or a chronic condition that may lead to a low quality of life. Quality of life is a term that refers to conditions necessary for happiness.

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