Abstract Background Aging is becoming a more noticeable phenomenon in Poland and Europe. We analysed the perception of youth by elderly and compared attitudes of students of the University of the Third Age SU3A with nursing homes residents NHR to young people.
Concern peaks in East Asia, where nearly nine-in-ten Japanese, eight-in-ten South Koreans and seven-in-ten Chinese describe aging as a major problem for their country.
Europeans also display a relatively high level of concern with aging, with more than half of the public in Germany and Spain saying that it is a major problem.
Americans are among the least concerned, with only one-in-four expressing this opinion. These attitudes track the pattern of aging itself around the world.
In Japan and South Korea, the majorities of the populations are projected to be older than 50 by China is one of most rapidly aging countries in the world. Germany and Spain, along with their European neighbors, are already among the countries with the oldest populations today, and their populations will only get older in the future.
Public concern with the growing number of older people is lower outside of East Asia and Europe. In most of these countries, such as Indonesia and Egypt, the proportion of older people in the population is relatively moderate and is expected to remain so in the future.
Pakistan, Nigeria and other countries potentially stand to benefit from future demographic trends. These are countries that currently have large shares of children in their populations, and these children will age into the prime of their work lives in the future.
Confidence is lowest in Japan, Italy and Russia, countries that are aging and where economic growth has been anemic in recent years. In these three countries, less than one-third of people are confident about their old-age standard of living.
Meanwhile, there is considerable optimism about the old-age standard of living among the public in countries whose populations are projected to be relatively young in the future or that have done well economically in recent years, such as in Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and China. When asked who should bear the greatest responsibility for the economic well-being of the elderly—their families, the government or the elderly themselves—the government tops the list in 13 of the 21 countries that were surveyed.
However, many who name the government are less confident in their own standard of living in old age compared with those who name themselves or their families.
Rarely do people see retirement expenses as mainly a personal obligation. In only four countries—South Korea, the U. Americans are less likely than most of the global public to view the growing number of older people as a major problem. They are more confident than Europeans that they will have an adequate standard of living in their old age.
This is not because the U. American baby boomers are aging, and one-in-five U. Inthe global median age 29 was eight years lower than the U. Also, driven by immigration, the U. For these reasons, perhaps, the American public is more sanguine than most about aging. The aging of populations does raise concerns at many levels for governments around the world.
There is concern over the possibility that a shrinking proportion of working-age people ages 15 to 64 in the population may lead to an economic slowdown. The smaller working-age populations must also support growing numbers of older dependents, possibly creating financial stress for social insurance systems and dimming the economic outlook for the elderly.
Graying populations will also fuel demands for changes in public investments, such as the reallocation of resources from the needs of children to the needs of seniors.
At the more personal level, longer life spans may strain household finances, cause people to extend their working lives or rearrange family structures.
This study reports on the findings from a Pew Research Center survey of publics in 21 countries. The report also examines trends in the aging of the global population, the U. The result will be a much older world, a future in which roughly one-in-six people is expected to be 65 and older bydouble the proportion today.
The population of children, meanwhile, will be at a virtual standstill due to long-term declines in birth rates around the world.In a study of people, those with more positive perceptions of their own aging lived an average of years longer. This effect remained after other factors such as age, gender, income, loneliness, and health status were controlled.
As populations in nations across the world are aging (United Nations, ), societal perceptions of older adults and people’s expectations about their own aging process will influence the well-being of older adults as well as policy decisions at the societal level. A better understanding of cross-cultural differences in aging perceptions is a crucial resource in navigating these challenges.
Positive aging highlights techniques and policies that can help us to develop more resilience despite the challenges associated with growing older. Normal aging is a gradual process and brings changes that are not necessarily painful or dangerous.
So how can you foster a positive attitude towards aging and find yourself flourishing at. the process of aging including the social image.
RESULTS AND DISCUSSION The response to aging included acceptance, denial, avoidance and reform.
However, these ATTITUDES TOWARDS OLD AGE: A STUDY OF THE SELF-IMAGE OF AGED 3 still believed that personality does not change. Attitudes about Aging: A Global Perspective. In a Rapidly Graying World, Japanese Are Worried, Americans Aren’t. Overview. At a time when the global population of people ages 65 and older is expected to triple to billion by mid-century, public opinion on whether the growing number of older people is a problem varies dramatically around the world, .
Attitudes Towards Aging Evergreen Valley College. Attitudes Towards Aging 2 such as age, education level, knowledge about the aging process, and attitude towards aging, and to find out if there were any significant differences between genders.
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