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Gerontology & Geriatrics Studies

Aging as a Social Problem in Asia: A Sociological Assessment

  • Open or Close Mohammad Taghi Sheykhi*

    Department of Social Science, Alzahra University, Iran

    *Corresponding author: Mohammad Taghi Sheykhi, Professor of Sociology, Department of Social Science, Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran

Submission: December 07, 2017; Published: February 05, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/GGS.2018.02.000528

ISSN: 2578-0093
Volume2 Issue1


The paper explores how change in demographic structure in Asia since 2000 has enhanced population aging- a phenomenon contributing to a variety of social problems in different Asian societies. Increasing median age has created a better chance of higher life expectancies leading to population aging in general. But, many Asian countries do not know how to cope with the phenomenon. Yet, and in increasing cases major institutions of societygovernments, economies, and the families loosely respond to the aging of a large number of individuals. In this way, various social problems including caring, nursing, pensions, homeliness, medication and so on are left with such aging population. As human beings, and the process of aging, we need to devise many policies and practices to take into account to predictably occur in later years such as retirement pensions, medical interventions, social security etc. to help the aging population in various occasions. While the phenomenon is well subtle, it is not easily observed.

Keywords: Population aging; Asian societies; Social problems; Median age; Life expectancy

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