Greater attempts must be made to promote positive roles for elderly people

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7125.148a (Published 10 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:148
  1. Shah Ebrahim, Professor of clinical epidemiologya,
  2. Alex Kalache, Headb
  1. a Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London NW3 2PF
  2. b Aging and Health Programme, World Health Organisation, Geneva

    Editor—It is disappointing to read that the issue of family support for China's aging population is a “bad” consequence of the country's policy of controlling fertility.1 Population aging is an inevitable consequence of successful social and economic development (including maternal and child health programmes), which results in demographic transitions from high to low mortality and fertility.2 Labelling the social consequences of such trends as “bad” adds weight to negative images of elderly people in society.

    Elderly people often have …

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