Elderly Population In Pakistan

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The worldwide increses of elderly population has also made its impact on Pakistan. Pakistan is also experience an increase in the elderly population with less resources and poor knowledge about aging. A WHO report in 1998 estimated that six percent of our population was over 60, with a likelihood of doubling by 2025. Pakistan is sixth most populous country in the world and is among the 15 countries where people over 60 years are more than 10 million. In developing countries like Pakistan where the elderly is expected to reach 67% of the population by 2020. Pakistan deals with vulnerable population with fewer resources related health and social security and without any policy plan may pose a great challenge. The elderly are found either sitting…show more content…
Biological changes like (decrease in physical and mental capacity, risk of disease and ultimately death). Whereas social changes belongs to (Retirement, relocation of housing, and death of their loved ones). The concept of Active ageing was defined by the World Health Organization WHO as the ‘process of optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age’(WHO,2002).Thus the opportunities determine the active aging. Quality of life: QOL is one of those popular phrases we see and hear with increasing frequency. The QL concept is comprehensive in terms of its multidimensional and subjective nature. Although, there is no single definition for this, the most used is the concept defined by the Quality of Life Group of the WHO, Quality of life is “an individual’s perception of his or her position in life in the context of the culture and value system where they live, and in relation to their goals, expectations, standards and concerns. It is a broad ranging concept, incorporating in a complex way a person’s physical health, psychological state, level of independence, social relationships, personal beliefs and relationship to salient features in the environment.”(WHO,1994). . Quality of life is a multidimensional, holistic construct assessed from different perspectives and by different disciplines. Moreover, the concept of QOL can be applied practically all important domains of life. Thus, QoL has to include social, environmental, structural and health-related aspects. It refers to the general satisfaction with life or its components. Quality of life is considered as multidimensional subjective the most significant

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