Care for the growing number of elderly people in developing countries needs to be addressed

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7141.1387a (Published 02 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1387
  1. Debashis Dutt, Assistant professor
  1. Department of Community Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Karnataka, 576119, India

    EDITOR—I strongly agree with Black and Bowman's call for more attention to be paid to the care of elderly people1; the same need exists in developing countries, not just in Britain. As life expectancy increases so too does the number of elderly people living in developing countries. The World Health Organisation estimates that 200 million of the 355 million people older than 65 years are in the developing world.2

    In addition to the health issues, which are the same …

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