The Importance Of Filipino Senior Citizens

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In the Philippines, the ages to be considered a senior citizen are those who are aged 60 years old and over. The senior citizens made up 6.8 percent of the 92.1 million household populations in 2010, higher than the 6.0 percent recorded in 2000 and the number reached over six million in 2011 and it is seen to double in 16 years. The number of people 60 years old and above, or those considered as senior citizens, has increased, as the country 's household population increases. With the growing number of senior citizens, there is a generalized notion associated with senior citizens such as degeneration and decline of health and well being but on the contrary, most of them are still active and productive, performing significant roles at home and in the community. This is partly due to the fact that successful/active ageing is associated with shifting views because the word aging is always synonymous with decline and senescence while the words successful and active are synonymous with growth and longevity. With that being stated, the rapid growing population of Filipino senior citizens and the lack of studies focusing on the elderly’s perception on successful aging, positive awareness in terms of active ageing and senior life sparked the interest of the researcher.

Active Aging “Active” in active ageing doesn’t only focus on being physically active but it is a continuation of participating in oneself as well as active socially, mentally, spiritually and participating in the

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