Demographic Shift & The Need For Healthy Aging
The world is on the brink of a demographic milestone. Since the beginning of recorded history, young children have outnumbered the number of people aged 65 or older will outnumber children under age 5. Driven by falling fertility rates and remarkable increases in life expectancy, population ageing will continue, even accelerate. The number of people aged 65 or older is projected to grow from an estimated 524 million in 2010 to nearly 1.5 billion in 2050, with most of the increase in developing countries.
We soon will have more older people than children and more people at extreme old age than ever before. As both the proportion of older people and the length of life increase throughout the world, key questions arise.
Will population aging be accompanied by a longer period of good health, a sustained sense of well-being, and extended periods of social engagement and productivity, or will it be associated with more illness, disability, and dependency?
How will aging affect health care and social costs? Are these futures inevitable, or can we act to establish a physical and social infrastructure that might foster better health and wellbeing in older age?
How will population aging play out differently for low-income countries that will age faster than their counterparts have, but before they become industrialized and wealthy?
Pneumonia Prevention In Elderlies
Pneumonia (an infection of the lower respiratory tract / lungs) has become one of the most important health problems with a significant worldwide impact, especially in the geriatric population. The incidence of community acquired pneumonia (CAP) is reported to be increasing with age. In hospitalized patients ≥ 65 years old, pneumonia sits at the third as most frequent diagnosis. Furthermore, this becomes exceedingly important considering that in 2050, it is estimated that 20% of the world’s population will be over 65 years old.
A number of factors increases infection risks on the geriatric population (elderlies); interactions between risk factors such as comorbidity, reduced immunity, and the very complex aging factor. Changes in the physiological anatomies due to aging has an important consequence on the lung’s functional reserve, the ability to overcome lung compliance reduction, and the respiratory resistance against infection. Once a pathogenic microorganism enters the alveoli, pro-inflammatory mediators will be released, triggering an inflammation response that results in clinical manifestation of the disease. This becomes especially problematic when we know that in elderlies with pneumonia, 35% develop sepsis, which further increases the burden of the disease, and death.
The decline of natural immunity in the aging population significantly increases the risk for pneumonia infection in the geriatric population (elderlies). This risks further increases on elderlies living in group homes (old people home), where environmental sanitation and ventilation are often below standards, as well as the lack of attention to their care and health status.
The lack of awareness and tangible action on the geriatric population’s health often increases the burden of the disease as well as economy. Pneumonia (both community acquired & hospital acquired) can be effectively prevented by means of vaccination, which significantly lowers the burden of disease and economy on this target demography.
Let Them Grow Old, But Not Forgotten
Target beneficiary of this campaign:
1. Geriatric population (≥ 60 years old) living in group homes for old people (Panti Jompo / Panti Werda)
2. 500 – 1,000 target beneficiary (more donations we get, more elderlies we can help)
Group Homes that we have contacted for this campaign:
1. Panti Werda Kasih Karunia
2. Panti Werda Hana
3. Panti Werda Tama Gracelil
4. Panti Werdha Bina Bhakti
5. Panti Werdha Kasih Ayah Bunda
6. Panti Werdha Panti Usila St. Anna
7. Panti Werda Melania
8. Panti Maria Fatima
9. Panti Werdha Marfati
10. Panti Werdha Graha Werdha Aussi Kusuma Lestari
Our campaign is raising funds only through https://kitabisa.com/pedulilansia18/. Please be advised that we do not accept direct transfers, or third party collectors.
All donations will be professionally managed, and transparently reported in this page.