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Aging population in UAE drives demand for geriatric healthcare services

An aging nation, paired with more retirees settling in the UAE, has ratcheted up demand for scarce geriatric healthcare services, specialists have said. The UAE boasts one of the most youthful and vibrant populations in the region, with an average age of 33 and 64 percent of residents falling between the ages of 22 and 54. However, this demographic landscape is poised for transformation. Increasing longevity means the proportion over 65 is growing steadily, leading to calls for the expansion and improvement of healthcare services targeted at the elderly. Dr. Neil Arun Nijhawan, consultant hospice and palliative medicine and director of palliative and supportive care at Burjeel Medical City, told Al Arabiya English that, with life expectancy increasing, this has meant the proportion of the population over the age of 65 has also increased. “Expatriates make up 85 percent of the UAE population, and with the initiative to make the UAE more attractive as a place to retire, the proportion of expats over the age of 65 will increase.” Kelly Short-McCullough, Director at NeoHealth, echoes this sentiment, telling Al Arabiya English. “The aging population in the UAE is definitely increasing with many residents choosing to work here for 15 years plus or purchasing a property making them eligible to one day retire here.” “The most recent trend, especially after COVID-19, is that most elderly people are choosing home healthcare over being in the hospital, for many reasons, including safety – it’s much safer now for the elderly to be at home away from germs and other sick patients. alarabiya

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.