Between 2000 and 2050, the proportion of the world’s population over 60 years will double from about 11 percent to 22 percent.
One of the biggest social transformations is population aging. Soon, the world will have more older people than children and more people of very old age than ever before. The World Health Organization is focusing on aging and health for World Health Day on April 7.
The world will have more people who live to see their 80s or 90s than ever before. The number of people aged 80 years or older, for example, will have almost quadrupled to 395 million between 2000 and 2050. There is no historical precedent for a majority of middle-aged and older adults having living parents, as is already the case today. More children will know their grandparents and even their great-grandparents.
With that in mind Chiropractic and Manual Therapy has just published the first paper in a thematic series on chiropractic care in older adults. This thematic series provides an overview of current best evidence in key aspects of evaluation and management of chiropractic care for older adults. Individual articles address the magnitude of musculo-skeletal problems in the elderly population, diagnostic challenges for chiropractors and other manual therapists seeing elderly patients, the evidence for chiropractic and manual therapy in the care of the elderly and also imaging modalities for musculo-skeletal disorders in the elderly including utility, validity and cost.
You can download the provisional pdf here.