Aging Population In Pakistan

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Aging a phenomenon that is older than the concept itself and has existed since the dawn of mankind. However, it has only been in the past few centuries that science began conducting research on the stages of the human aging process. Globally, the aging population is skyrocketing at a very high rate. Whether developed or not, people from each region around the globe are facing numerous challenges after they start experiencing the physical, psychological, emotional, and social changes once they reach a certain age. Populations in developing countries are aging three times faster than the advanced societies. Increases in population also introduce many significant challenges for its residents. One such area of the world where the senior citizens are facing such challenges is in the South Asian sub-continent country of Pakistan. Pakistan is a country with a population of over 200 million people but has been in existence for less than 100 years has created such a socio-economic environment that adults particularly those that are of the older generation deal with ongoing neglect, whether it is in terms of health, finance, or social acceptance. According to the World Health Organization 13 million Pakistanis currently belong to the older generation (55 or over) and this is expected to increase by 11% by 2050. Currently, the average life expectancy of an adult in Pakistan is 65 but this is expected to reach 72 by 2023. Per a survey done by Agha Khan

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