Our World is Aging



elderly signWhat is aging? Is it about the number that’s written on your ID? Is it the number of candles on your cake? Is it the number of lines on your face? Is it the number of beats your heart has beaten all these years?

When we talk about age, we should think of the physical as well as the mental and emotional aspect. Although in many cases, the different aspects of age are more or less synchronized, though there is not always the case. Some people may look young on the outside but feel old and weary deep inside. There are also those who feel “young at heart” even in their 80s.

Aging is a natural process and there is no way we can fully stop it, unless we have the mythical elixir of life. However, recent medical advances may be able to delay aging. There are many ways to Battle Aging. Cosmetic surgery such as facelifting and botox can remove the lines from a face and thus temporarily stop physical aging. Some people, however, choose to “age gracefully” by accepting the wrinkles but keeping the body young and fit by leading a healthy lifestyle. And then there are those whose body may be old and broken by disease but whose heart and spirit are still young and whole.

In Battling Aging, we will tackle all the different aspects of aging.

What is aging? Is it about the number that’s written on your ID? Is it the number of candles on your cake? Ist it the number of lines on your face? Is it the number of beats your heart has beaten all these years?

To start off, I’d like to bring you some figures about the age of the world population expressed in years. Here are some statistics from a recent report entitled “An Aging World: 2008” International Programs Center in the Population Division of the Census Bureau and commissioned by the US National Institute on Aging:

  • In 2008, there were 506 million people worldwide aged 65 and older.
  • In 2040, the 65 and above generation will reach 1.3 billion.
  • In just over 30 years, the proportion of older people will double from 7 to 14%
  • In 10 years, there will be more people aged 65 and older than children under 5 in the world.

Here are some highlights from the report:

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