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The elderly are those who are 65-years-old and older.[1][2][3] This a more precise metric used in research and sociology and is a measure and definition based upon age rather than subjective titles such as elders, senior citizen or retiree.[4] This population is expected to reach 80 million by the year 2037.[5][6] Generally the elderly have lower incomes, develop some diseases at a greater frequency than younger people and a life span shorter than those who are younger.

In Japan, in the 65-and-over group be 25.2% by 2020.[7] By 2060 Japenese women will live until they are in their 90s.[8] Japanese women can expect to live, on average, into their 90s. A cultural belief of some is the desire not be a burden to their family. This can involve a ritual in which prayers for a quick and painless death at a temple.[7] Others disagree: "The image of older people is as a burden, but they are not”, states a representative of WHO.[8]

Many professions are involved with providing support for the elderly. Gerontologists, for example, "improve the quality of life and promote the well-being of persons as they age within their families, communities and societies through research, education and application of interdisciplinary knowledge of the aging process and aging populations."[9]

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Ageing has "been identified as an emerging threat to the fiscal stability of developed and developing countries alike".[8]

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  2. ^ Sabharwal, Sanjeeve; Wilson, Helen; Reilly, Peter; Gupte, Chinmay M. (2015). "Heterogeneity of the definition of elderly age in current orthopaedic research". SpringerPlus. 4 (1). ISSN 2193-1801. doi:10.1186/s40064-015-1307-x. 
  3. ^ Nuessel, Frank. "Language about Aging" In Encyclopedia of Aging, edited by David J. Ekerdt, 757-762. Vol. 3. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2002. Gale Virtual Reference Library (accessed June 15, 2017). subscription required
  4. ^ Shamsher Singh, Beata Bajorek., Pharm Pract (Granada) 2014 Oct-Dec; 12(4): 489.PMCID: PMC4282767
  5. ^ Gizzo, Salvatore; Noventa, Marco; Quaranta, Michela; Vitagliano, Amerigo; Saccardi, Carlo; Litta, Pietro; Antona, Donato (2016). "A novel hysteroscopic approach for ovarian cancer screening/early diagnosis (Review)". Oncology Letters. ISSN 1792-1074. doi:10.3892/ol.2016.5493. 
  6. ^ Garrido, Melissa M. (2016). "Research Enhances and Informs Gerontology and Geriatrics Education and Practice". Gerontology & Geriatrics Education. 37 (1): 1–3. ISSN 0270-1960. doi:10.1080/02701960.2015.1137911. 
  7. ^ a b "Praying for a 'pokkuri' moment: No muss, no fuss". Japan Today. Retrieved 2017-06-15. 
  8. ^ a b c McCurry, Justin (2015). "Japan will be model for future super-ageing societies". The Lancet. 386 (10003): 1523. ISSN 0140-6736. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(15)00525-5. 
  9. ^ Confluence. "Gerontology/Geriatrics Definitions". www.aghe.org. Retrieved 16 June 2017.