Geriatrics Fellowship Training in Taiwan: What Has Been Achieved So Far

Liang-Kung Chen is the Director for the Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology, Taipei Veterans General Hospital and Associate Professor of the Aging and Health Research Center, National Yang Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan and is International Advisory Panel member for Age and Ageing journal.shutterstock_150440705

Taiwan became an ageing country in 1993 and is estimated to become an aged country by 2017, which makes it one of the fastest ageing countries in the world. By 2025, the percentage of people aged 65 years and older will be 20%, corresponding to an increase in the elderly population from 2.5 million to nearly 5 million within 15 years. This rapid demographic transition has had a huge impact on our country, especially the healthcare systems. Continue reading

Ageing in Mexico: Geriatrics in the New World

José Alberto Ávila Funes is Head of the Department of Geriatrics at the National Institute of Medical Science and Nutrition Salvador Zubiran, Mexico City. He Tweets at @geriatriainnszportada

A demographic transition featuring an ever increasing life expectancy is occurring across the globe. In contrast to Old World countries where longevity has predominated for centuries, in Mexico it is a relatively new and ongoing phenomenon only evident since the end of the 20th century. By 2050, one third of the Mexican population will be represented by people ≥ 60 years old, with  life expectancies reaching 80 and 85 years for men and women respectively. But what do these statistics mean? Is there more to ageing than just having more old folks walking around? Continue reading