Biological And Sociological Theory Of Ageing

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Over the recent years, society has been experiencing an increasing number of old aged population worldwide (World Population Ageing, 2013). This phenomenon has attracted the attention of the local and international community to take rapid actions to meet the necessary requirements of the ageing. The definition of ageing varies from author to author where one of them has defined ageing as the physical and mental changes that individuals undergoes as they grow old. Aiken (1995), for example has outlined the notion of ageing from a different point of view which comprises of the biological and chronological perspectives. The biological perspectives emphasizes on the relative changes that takes place in the skin, hair colour, strength and sensory capacity of a person who is growing old. Furthermore, Aiken (1995) also stated that people will eventually grow old as time passes out. Besides, the United Nations have also declared that a person should be considered as “ageing” at the age of 60. (ref) In some countries, old persons are seen as those who have retired from their job and they eventually receive the basic retirement pension. Therefore, it can be presumed that no universal definition of ageing is possible since the concept of ageing varies from society to society. (ref)
In ancient society, women were undertaking the responsibility to cater for the needs of old persons in the house. (ref) As a result, women were ensuring that old persons are provided with

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