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    Default The Aging Population and the Health Sector

    The population in the developed world is aging rapidly. Here's an excerpt from an The State of Aging and Health in America 2013:

    The current growth in the number and proportion of older adults in the United States is unprecedented
    in our nation’s history. By 2050, it is anticipated that Americans aged 65 or older will number nearly 89
    million people, or more than double the number of older adults in the United States in 2010.

    The rapid aging of the U.S. population is being driven by two realities: Americans are living longer
    lives than in previous decades and, given the post-World War II baby boom, there are proportionately
    more older adults than in previous generations. Many Americans are now living into their 70s, 80s, and
    beyond. The leading edge of the baby boomers reached age 65 in 2011, launching an unparalleled
    phenomenon in the United States. Since January 1, 2011, and each and every day for the next 20 years,
    roughly 10,000 Americans will celebrate their 65th birthdays. In 2030, when the last baby boomer
    turns 65, the demographic landscape of our nation will have changed significantly. One of every five
    Americans—about 72 million people—will be an older adult.
    These figures are pretty comparable to the rest of the developed world. Countries like China (one child policy) and Japan (population is actually decreasing because of aging + less children being born) are doing even worse.

    Now, although the richer countries in the world may be decently equipped to handle the strains of an aging population, other countries are not. Here in New Zealand for example, no amount of government subsides or medical students will fix the problem. If we just throw more money in health, it's simply going to cripple the other facets of society. Think about it, if there's twice as many people over the age of 65, all things being equal there will be twice as many pensioners, twice as many people reliant on the government and their families, and less tax payers to support the system. The cost is simply too high. If we just train more doctors, there's still no guarantee that this will help the problem. This is an international issue, and there are plenty of other countries who are willing to pay a higher salary, with better benefits.

    The average age of GP's here is around 50. GP's are the cornerstone of our health system. You can't even see a specialist without the referral of a GP here. It is impossible to get a same-day-appointment now, and the situation is only getting worse.

    Great technological advances may eventually fix our problems, but what do we do about it in the mean time? Is there a way to get the public more interested in researching about health and taking more preventative measures? Is there a better way to promote exercise and good dieting? Tell me any ideas/thoughts you have.
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    The public should be educated on the difference between whole foods and processed foods. Then they should be educated on the differences between whole carbohydrates and processed carbs. Finland's done wonders reducing type I diabetes by supplementing with vitamin D3 (something like a 10 fold reduction). Finland's also reduced strokes and heart disease by around 50% by replacing sodium salt with a potassium product. Since these changes were made on a national level, I don't see why they can't be replicated in other countries as well. In the US, we reduced heart disease by around 50% by fortifying grain products (cereal and bread) with B-vitamins; heart disease is still a serious problem in the US and more foods should be fortified with B-vitamins.

    Exercise and dieting really are the keys to good health. Since childhood obesity is now a serious problem, we really should make room for nutrition and physical education courses. People aren't going to like this proposal but I think obese kids need to be identified and treated in school through physical exercise and nutritional education.
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    Shit. I really need to reconsider the demographic or target market I'm working with! 1 out of every 5? crazy ... so how is this international if much of this growth has to do with the baby boomers? I was under the impression that was mostly felt by america.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tellenbach View Post
    The public should be educated on the difference between whole foods and processed foods. Then they should be educated on the differences between whole carbohydrates and processed carbs. Finland's done wonders reducing type I diabetes by supplementing with vitamin D3 (something like a 10 fold reduction). Finland's also reduced strokes and heart disease by around 50% by replacing sodium salt with a potassium product. Since these changes were made on a national level, I don't see why they can't be replicated in other countries as well. In the US, we reduced heart disease by around 50% by fortifying grain products (cereal and bread) with B-vitamins; heart disease is still a serious problem in the US and more foods should be fortified with B-vitamins.

    Exercise and dieting really are the keys to good health. Since childhood obesity is now a serious problem, we really should make room for nutrition and physical education courses. People aren't going to like this proposal but I think obese kids need to be identified and treated in school through physical exercise and nutritional education.
    I like the idea of improving the nutritional value of our food. I think that should be viable in a country like mine (New Zealand), the US advocates are going to have to fight with all the big corporates though (such as Monsento). That's simply not a fight anyone can win.

    Quote Originally Posted by NK258 View Post
    Shit. I really need to reconsider the demographic or target market I'm working with! 1 out of every 5? crazy ... so how is this international if much of this growth has to do with the baby boomers? I was under the impression that was mostly felt by america.
    Well for a start, it's not just the Americans that won the war! Furthermore, countries like Japan have experienced a major economic boom, despite it's loss in the trenches. I guess those times were a time of boom, for the developed world in general. I don't know what happened in say, Germany and Italy though. Those are amongst the countries which are sweating the hardest. Big, country-sized drops of sweat
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    Several schools in my area have closed due to declining enrollment because people aren't having as many kids. My mom suggested that said school be turned into senior living facilities.

    Quote Originally Posted by NK258 View Post
    Shit. I really need to reconsider the demographic or target market I'm working with! 1 out of every 5? crazy ... so how is this international if much of this growth has to do with the baby boomers? I was under the impression that was mostly felt by america.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sub-replacement_fertility

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Population_momentum

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...fertility_rate
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD45T-2 View Post
    Several schools in my area have closed due to declining enrollment because people aren't having as many kids. My mom suggested that said school be turned into senior living facilities.
    It'll probably happen too. Reminds me of the first few minutes of this:



    Worth a watch either way.

    PS. I can't believe I forgot all those key factors, SD. I was just reading about it today...
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