Elderly Population Growth in Bangladesh: Preparedness in Public and Private Sectors

Type Journal Article - IOSR Journal of Humanities and Social Science
Title Elderly Population Growth in Bangladesh: Preparedness in Public and Private Sectors
Volume 21
Issue 8
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2016
Page numbers 58-73
URL https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Russell_Kabir/publication/305812323_Elderly_Population_Growth_i​n_Bangladesh_Preparedness_in_Public_and_Private_Sectors/links/57a3091108ae5f8b258db105.pdf
Ageing of the population is now one of the most important facts that came to the foreground in the
21st century. The rapid growth in the elderly of Bangladesh population after 2040 will challenge existing health
care services, family relationships on social security. Because of change in the family structure there will be
implications on health care of elderly from the family and unmet need of health care services in the public sector
will rapidly increase. the aim of this research is to explore how the aging situation in Bangladesh is addressing
and anticipating the challenges of an aging society. A review of program activities suggests that Bangladesh
preparedness for an aging population is decidedly mixed. Public policy may have an important influence on the
role of family support systems in the future but it is not significant considering the absolute size of the elderly
population. Current demographic trends indicate that Bangladesh will very different in the coming decades than
is to day. Mortality and fertility will be lower, and life expectancy will be rising. Population growth will have
slowed substantially as supported by the medium and low variants projections respectively. Strengthening
human capital by ensuring empowerment education and employment of all citizens will yield a high return to
investment and will help countries reap a demographic dividend that can lift millions out of poverty. Creating
hope and opportunity for young people to develop their full potential can drive progress in the years to come and
ultimately result in a second demographic dividend of healthy lives, wealthier and more productive older person.

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