Year: 1993 Source: Scientific American, (April 1993), p.46-52 SIEC No: 19930798

This article deals with the increase in the aging poplation in the world. The authors believe that population aging will soon replace growth as the most important phenomenon, from a policy standpoint. The authors conclude that a dilemma we now face as a society is the ethical obligation perceived by physicians and researchers to postpone death, which increases the age of the population. Without a parallel effort to improve quality of life, it may also extend fraility and illness in the aged.