Wednesday, 5 August 2015

The elderly

In recent years, startling evidence has come to light indicating that medical science, which remarkably evolves, has provided the number of elderly people in population with the opportunity to continue to increase. However, every coin has two sides and so does this issue.

There are many significant advantages of this medical advance. First and foremost, the older generation's offspring may benefit from their wisdom, on the grounds that they must have gained many experiences. As a result, the elderly will offer the ideal advice on life. Apart from that, since a hectic schedule has dominated every parent's life, pensioners could contribute to the upbringing of their grandchildren and to the housework, too. Last but not least, the longer people live, the more time they have to not only to spend quality time with their family, but also to enjoy their retirement by being active. For instance, they could undoubtedly travel and do some voluntary work, such as working in a charity. 

On the other hand, there are many adverse implications, which mostly concern society. Firstly, senion citizens constitute a financial burden both on their family, since the relatives are obliged to consistently take care of them, instead of resorting to a nursery home, which is inhumane, and on society itself. A case in point is that pay-as-you-go phenomenon, a social insurance system in which current contributors pay the expenses for the current recipients. Consequently, there is a shortage in employees' income and in their future pension. Furthermore, the taxpayers' many is invested in geriatric care, for example, medication and appropriate equipment in hospitals. Lastly, the problem of overpopulation may arise. 

Taking all this into consideration, there is no doubt in my mind that the advantages are outweighed by the disadvantages. It is an undisputed fact, though, that with proper planning we could reap the benefits of such  scientific improvement without exerting pressure on other societal members. 

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