The number of people living to 100 is increasing.?What do you think the reasons of it? Does it have some effects on individual and society?
As technology continues to uncover and provide answers to the many perplexing mysteries of life, modern medicine also provides a greater guarantee of longevity. People fantasize about living into their 90’s and are entertained by the idea of immortality; however, the extension of the human life span poses as many disadvantages as it does advantages. Not only are there consequences to consider such as the impact on families, communities and society as a whole, but there are equally as many ethical concerns that need to be addressed.
Our bodies are vulnerable to disease and over time bones become brittle and weak. This presents many problems in calculating the cost of continued medical care for those unable to ward off potential illness. Families will have to endure the cost of continued medical care and/or supervision of their aging parents. This will cause stress and discomfort as families work longer and harder to continue to sustain their loved one. Additionally, advances in medicine have proven to extend life, but can the functions of the mind and our thought processes also be improved? Most elderly suffer from memory loss or some form of impairment in judgement or decision making.
Communities will be required to address the need for an increase in services, resources, and program that provide support and social/ recreational activities. The social security administration, which is virtually bankrupt now, will need to supplement the aged with financial resources when retirement and family income
Although living longer does present formidable challenges economically, psychologically, and physically, one of the many advantages would be the increased need for people to enter the social work, or ”helping” profession. This particularly affects me because I have a strong interest in pursuing a career in social work and would feel confident that the job market will be strong and diverse with many more people living longer and experiencing a wide array of activities and responsibilities.
In summary, the advances in modern medicine have contributed greatly to an improved quality of life; however, an increased life span has merits as well as consequences which need to be taken into consideration and weighed carefully.