The Elderly — Some Facts and Figures
There is a pattern to life. We are born, we grow up, we grow old and we die. That seems very simple and very basic, but what complicates it are factors which affect this life cycle, such as where we are born, who our parents are, their social class, the colour of their skins, religion, and how civilised or uncivilised the society we are born into happens to be. We hope that, for the majority of us, our pattern of life will evolve within and around our family or group. That is certainly where we would wish our child bearing, child rearing, growing up, growing old and dying to take place. This chapter looks at some rather bold facts about growing old in our society.
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