We, the old people, have many things to do, take advantage of experiences and, above all, live and enjoy that wonderful but enduring thing called LIFE, reaching the inevitable old age is a pride and not a misfortune
In a series of articles we are going to discuss this very important stage of existence.
The terms old age, old age, senescence, older or late adulthood and senior citizens are used in Scientific Literature and even in everyday language interchangeably.
All these terms refer to individuals from 60 years of age and corresponding to the post-retirement stage.
Old age is another stage of the life cycle, but it has its own characteristics. It is an important period in its own right if we consider that it starts at the beginning of the 60s and can last in the current times even up to 40 years.
Demographic impact of we, the old people
The problem of people aging affect many countries.
It is estimated that by 2025 there are 1.2 billion elderly people on the planet.
Cuba will have to face that reality and approximately 15.8% of its citizens are over 60 years old. Within two decades, 25% of Cubans are expected to be elderly.
The increase in the population of the Third Age poses a social problem of significant importance.
This age constitutes a relevant group in the demographic field with specific cultural traits, own interests and in a fair way require society to guarantee them an increase in their Quality of Life.
Also that they are allowed to play roles that give meaning to their lives, the development of attitudes different from the current ones with which they end up with marginalization, uprooting and the insecurity that makes it possible to eliminate all the prejudices, myths and stereotypes that are part of the social imaginary that surrounds the aging process.
Among the main problems affecting the elderly are those related to health and economic and income conditions.
Among the first, they identify the normal loss of hearing, vision and memory, Alzheimer’s disease and the higher incidence of chronic diseases.
These losses are gradual and progress at different speeds according to the individual.
In fact, many people do not experience this type of loss until very advanced age (above 80 years).
The vast majority of older people learn to adapt to the limitations of their health problems.
In general, the health of the elderly today is better than that of previous generations.
This will continue to improve as medical care increases throughout life.
In next installments of we the old people will continue to address this interesting topic.