Lifting age of Japanese 'elderly' to 75 or older proposed
Jiji -- Jan 06
The Japan Gerontological Society proposed on Thursday to change the definition of elderly people, which is currently 65 or older, to 75 or older, as people are staying healthy longer these days.

Japanese people are becoming "younger," as the decline of health due to aging has been delayed for some 5-10 years compared with the situation 10-20 years ago, the society, comprising seven groups including the Japan Geriatrics Society, pointed out in the proposal.

It further noted that a majority of those aged between 65 and 74 are still active and that many experts are negative about treating them as elderly people also because they are not generally perceived so in the society. It therefore suggests referring them as "semielderly."

The semielderly people should be recognized as individuals who could support society and encouraged to work and engage in volunteer activities, the society recommended.

現在、65歳以上とされている高齢者の定義について、医師や大学教授などで作る専門家のグループが75歳以上に引き上げるべきだとする提言をまとめました。 日本老年学会などは現在、65歳以上とされる高齢者の定義が実態に合わないなどとして、見直しに向けて議論をしていました。
News sources: Jiji, ANNnewsCH
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