In many countries, the proportion of older people is steadily increasing. Does this trend have more positive or negative effects on the society?
Nowadays, the Silver Tsunami is coming as the boomer generation enters their senior years. However, whether this trend will exert opposing influence on society remains a controversial issue. I agree with the view that while having more elderly people seems to be a good thing, it indeed will have a serious impact on economy and society.
Firstly, it is obvious that as more and more these experienced workers left their job positions after retirement, fewer are left to work, creating a labour shortage and economic hole. This is because the manpower which is considered as the most valuable resource, is essential to the continued economic prosperity of any knowledge-based economy. So the decrease of the skilled employees will definitely impedes the economic growth.
Moreover, as more people reach their twilight years they will face increasing health problems and this will put huge pressure on medical care system of governments. It is reported that nearly 5% of the gross domestic product has been spent on medical, and the figure is still growing steadily. Therefore, the medical care as well as pension poses a financial burden for the governments.
That is not to say that we should not take care of the senior citizens well. They still can make contribute to our society, such as working part time in business as consultants, looking after grandchildren at home and doing some volunteer work at communities. And most importantly, everyone will get old one day in the future after all and deserve to be respected.
In sum, governments should recognise the challenge of an ageing society and take effective action; meanwhile, authorities also should fully harness the finite social resources to offer a comfortable environment to the elderly people. Only by doing so can we ensure that everyone in the country will live in a reliable place.