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The problem of dependency
· In the UK the proportion of people retired
will grow from 20% in 2000 to 40% by 2040
· In Germany the dependency ratio (the ratio
of persons aged 65 and over to those aged
from 20 to 59) is at 28 percent, and it will
reach 75 percent in 2075, if we dare project
that far.
· Almost one-fifth of the German population
today are aged 65 and over.…read more

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The problem of cost
· In Italy the country spends · They will need to. European
19% of its GNP on the Union economists in Brussels
pensioners who make up estimate that without
18% of the population - In reform, over the next 50
years Europe's ageing
2025 it is estimated that
societies will impose extra
25% will be pensioners and costs of between 4 and 8
33% of GNP will have to be per cent of each country's
spent on them GDP, increasing taxes by
between 10 and 20 per cent.
Roughly half of this will be
as increased pension costs,
and half as bills for health
and nursing home care.…read more

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The problem of healthcare
· Pensioners are costing more
money due to residential
homes, health care, social
services (home helps etc),
increased long term illnesses
such as Alzheimer's and they
take up a lot more of a
Doctor's financial budget &
time…read more

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Problems Facing the Elderly
· Many have to live alone - especially women
· Most cannot afford the cost of residential
homes and have to sell their homes to fund it
· There are long waits for hospital care
· Those in rural areas have problems getting
around due to being too old to drive and few
bus services
· Those living in urban areas are fearful of
crime…read more

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Why has the problem developed?
· Germany's ageing problem is
extreme because for the past
30 years, its women have
produced children at an
average rate of less than 1.4
babies per lifetime. Why its
fertility rate is so low is
another issue - some blame the
tradition that German schools
run only from 8am until
lunchtime, making it very
hard for women to combine
career and motherhood - but
the effect is clear. Germany's
age pyramid bulges slightly in
the age group from 30 to 44,
has a massive bulge in the
ages from 35 to 54, with a
narrow base beneath.…read more

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