The Ageing Population as a Social Problem

An aging population can be a social problem if they are a burden to society in terms of health and economic reasons. This paper will discuss whether the aging population is a social problem or in view of the declining birth rates, the aging population should be welcomed.
As long as the population that is aging and can involve itself in something meaningful in the society they are not considered a problem. The older people in the UK today have a desire to be independent and do something meaningful in life (Reed, Cook, Childs &amp. Hall, 2003). Even if they live with the family, they prefer to maintain their independence in all respects. This requires physical well being. Apart from this, the willingness to do something, the right attitude towards working and finally the resources which provide the ability to do something are equally important. Self-efficacy is also essential as it is the confidence in one’s ability to be able to do what one wants. If older people have all of these, they are supposed to have the quality of life which gives them dignity and respect in society and they are not considered a social problem.
As far as health is concerned, it is expected that by 2025 the number of people in the UK over 85 years of age will have increased by two-thirds (Philip, 2007). NHS understands that how the services provided need to be changed because the needs and nature of people constantly keep changing. While older people are more likely to be admitted for treatment and also more likely to stay longer in the hospitals, it is also expected that with the advancement in medical science and technology would enable better and smoother services. This would result in reduced hospital care and increased investment in preventive care services. Early intervention, long-term conditions management, early supported discharge, and acute hospital care whenever needed would ensure that the aging population does not suffer for want of attention and treatment.