Some people think that quality of older people’s life nowadays is worse than before. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Some people believe that the quality of older people’s life nowadays is worse than before. Personally, I do not agree with this idea.
Those holding the view that the quality of older people’s life deteriorates may use the fact that their children are more likely to leave homes nowadays, leaving those old people uncared for as a reason for such argument.
However, in my opinion, this is just a trend of social development and can not be justified in such a conclusion.
It is true that old people may receive less care directly from their children. Nevertheless, they become more independent both economically and psychologically and receive more care from the society. In terms of the economy, nowadays, most of the old people have a pension to support themselves, thus possessing economic independence to buy what they like. Besides, considering the healthcare insurance they hold, old people are freed from the huge burden of medical cost and can take care of themselves more effectively. Psychologically speaking, old people nowadays know better as to how to enjoy their old life with the help of their community. In the past, activities for old people were scarce in numbers and they could simply stay at home and read newspapers. By contrast, nowadays, old people dancing, singing, travelling, doing exercises and playing games can be seen everywhere, which can be a reflection of their more colorful and enjoyable life. With so many activities available, old people can entertain themselves and rely less on their adult children.
In conclusion, it seems to me that old people enjoy a higher quality of life nowadays than before since they are both economically and psychologically better off.