Women, ageing and complementary and integrative medicine

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Women’s Health and Complementary and Integrative Medicine, 2019, pp. 48-60
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The aim of this chapter is to present three diverse but inextricably interwoven perspectives – sociological, pharmacological and psychophysical – for interpreting women’s circumstances and behaviours as they age. Each perspective is presented within an international context and in relation to the role of complementary and integrative medicine (CIM). According to the Global Agenda Council on Ageing Society, the 60-plus age segment is expected to increase from 11 per cent (760 million people) in 2011 to reach 22 per cent (2 billion people) by 2050 (Beard, 2011). The global population is projected to increase 3.7 times from 1950 to 2050. However, the number of individuals older than 60 and 80 years of age will increase by factors 10 and 26 respectively (ibid.). Between 2010 and 2050, the total population will increase by 2 billion, while the older population will increase by 1.3 billion creating challenges for health care users, providers and policy-makers. These challenges raise important considerations related to caring for the health of the informal caregivers in our communities.
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