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Burden of Diseases among Elderly in Pakistan

Saima Bashir and Saman Nazir
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Saima Bashir: Pakistan Institute of Development Economics
Saman Nazir: Pakistan Institute of Development Economics

No 2022:57, PIDE Knowledge Brief from Pakistan Institute of Development Economics

Abstract: The world is aging, and so is Pakistan. Almost every country in the world is experiencing growth in the elderly population (aged 60 or above). It results from declining fertility and mortality, resultantly increasing life expectancy, known as the demographic transition. Pakistan’s older population is growing in both absolute and relative terms. The number of Pakistani aged 60 and older is estimated to nearly double from 7 percent (14 million) in 2019 to14 percent by 2050 (Zaidi, et al. 2019). Due to improvements in hygiene, the introduction of vaccinations, and the application of newer diagnostic and treatment technologies, the world has experienced a significant increase in life expectancy. However, this demographic phenomenon, i.e., the increase in the share of older people in the total population, has increased pressure on healthcare systems due to complicated health problems and disabilities among the elderly population across the world.

Keywords: Burden; Diseases; Elderly; Pakistan (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 4 pages
Date: 2022
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