The average life expectancy of the contemporary generation will be diminished up to two years due to the financial crisis, which is also increasing the suicide rates by 30%. Another consequence of the crisis: many more people above the age of 60 will be working during the next decades.
The above facts were announced during a press conference by scientists participating in the seminar that the Hellenic Scientific Society for Prevention and Anti-Aging is organizing for 2012, European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations.
The population is getting older, and according to scientists’ calculations, almost 30% of the population will be above 64 by 2050. “Less children will be born and the majority of the population will be above 64”, explains Christos Zouboulis, Head of the European Society of Preventive Regenerative and Anti-Aging Medicine.
The medical systems won’t take the financial burden and the elderly have a rather obscure future to expect, he points out. Prevention is the only solution to help reach a healthy old age, according to Dr. Zouboulis.
The Hellenic Scientific Society for Prevention and Anti-Aging and the European Society of Preventive Regenerative and Anti-Aging Medicine are working on delaying the deterioration caused by aging through preventive medicine and curing of old-age related diseases, so that the elderly enjoy a good quality of life, remarks Michael Papacharalampous, President of the Hellenic Scientific Society.