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    How do you think science and technology will be used to tackle the challenges of an ageing population?


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    Science and technology will almost certainly lead to improved techniques for extending life, with a resulting increase in the age of the population.

    The "problem" of an ageing population is more a matter of sociology and politics than science.


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    I was going to say something about this, but I've forgotten.
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    I've only really thought of the economic impact of an older population (especially here in a baby boomer country). Wanting to live forever doesn't just apply to the elderly. In fact, I might argue that as we get older we begin to see less and less value in living forever.
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    I think most of the elderly will benefit with impoved technology, hearing aids, visual aids etc.. Theere are a lot of technological innovations that are making life a lot easier for the elderly today.
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    One very obvious use of technology is in the skooters that people are able to use for mobility issues, many of which are related to aging. Many corporate retail stores are now providing skooters to assist their customers. Other simple technologies are helpful in the home, things as simple as under the counter jar opening assists, handrails in the bathroom, etc. There are devices that will signal for help if a person who is wearing one takes a fall and cannot move or assist themselves. Visual and hearing assists, technology to monitor home security (useful for all ages).

    Medical science already has given seniors and others the technology of joint replacement, and several treatments related to heart and circulatory problems.

    One area where I do not know if science or technology can help is in the case of dementia, unless the cause can be determined and a means of prevention found.
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    One area where I do not know if science or technology can help is in the case of dementia, unless the cause can be determined and a means of prevention found.
    Even then, there is research into ways of making life easier for dementia sufferers and their carers. One simple idea is to make a compilation of their favourite music - don't presume that everyone of a certain age likes Sinatra or Vera Lynn or Presley. Find out from the person, their relatives - or their reactions to particular pieces - what they liked when they were younger. Play it often, maybe continuously. Most people like lots of things so it won't be annoying to others. The person is calmer, less likely to get distressed, and much easier for caring staff or family to cope with.
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    Hi, thanks for your responses!
    A recent study suggests that dementia could be detected early with a blood test, so that doctors/family can better manage it. It certainly seems that, for now at least, its a case of offering better care for a patient rather than treating or curing it for drugs etc.
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    If you could know when you will die, would you want to ?
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