Growing old in New World

AT A time when the Americans are growing increasingly restive with the state of affairs on political front, here is something to cheer them up. The US Census Bureau has interesting findings to back its claim that the Americans today are living longer and healthier than their forefathers.

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Published: Sun 12 Mar 2006, 11:21 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 5:16 PM

Despite the ubiquitous concerns over Iraq, shooting gas and mortgage rates, inflation and other issues, the Americans today are better off than their preceding generations. Thanks to better living conditions, robust healthcare and economic growth, the Americans are less prone to disability and are richer, happier, and healthier than ever. Census experts expect the average US population age of 65 plus to double in size within the next 25 years. By 2030, almost one out of five Americans — nearly 72 million people — will be 65 years and older.

Clearly, the political and economic model of the US as a nation state has been remarkably successful, notwithstanding some aberrations here and there. If the Americans are able to enjoy the fruits of a stable democracy, political freedom, free economy, peace and robust state infrastructure such as healthcare, the credit goes to the founding fathers of America. There are lessons in it for the rest of the world.

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