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McKaiser Old Age Home – Grahamstown
Getting old is not something that happens to “other people”.
As life expectancy rises and birth rates decline in developed countries, the median age of the population increases. This can have significant social and economic implications if the increase in the dependency ratio places a higher burden on the shrinking working population. Apart from the provision of pensions or social grants, an ageing population also increases pressure on health care services, since a number of health problems become more prevalent as people get older. These include mental health problems, especially dementia, as well as physical ailments.