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Population ageing: the timebomb that isn’t?

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 12 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6598

Re: Population ageing: the timebomb that isn’t?

An ageing population is another feather in the cap of Medicine. It is not a time bomb or a threat to the exchequer of any country. It is another segment of human resources that are healthy and contribute their might to the development of a country. Their experience and wisdom will be another source of input to the index of development of any country. You cannot measure every human activity on the scale of statistical expression. In India an ageing population will stabilize the family system and family values. They will pull back the falling standards of ethics and increase the moral and social responsibility of society. On their side the ageing population must be contributing to the well being of the society. They need to be productive segments of society in preparing and supporting the younger generation to be more efficient and build a strong and vibrant society.

Competing interests: No competing interests

14 November 2013
Dhastagir Sheriff
Faculty of Medicine, Benghazi University