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Throughout human history, the world has never seen as aged a population as currently exists globally and the rate at which the population ages is likely to increase over the next decades. This phenomenon is due to an increasing longevity on the one hand and a declining fertility on the other, weighing mostly on the more economically developed nations. For society this has many impacts, most notably it forces governments to makes choices between higher taxes and a reduced government role in providing health care as these categories of expenditure raise dramatically. Leaving the working younger generations with a potentially reduced security on health care and raising taxes. population ageing is likely to increase over the next decades as we became less subject to danger and physical work, the dogs main purpose gradually moved to the background around the time of the industrial revolution, life expectancy increased, the family model altered and gradually the elderly left their families In the past the elder generations stayed part of the family circle until their death. They physically did their part for the survival of their next of kins, but also had the role of educators for the younger. Their life experience was valued and formed an essential part of the transmission of knowledge. Around the time of the industrial revolution, life expectancy increased, the family model altered and gradually the elderly left their families. With their retirement money they became able of living on their own, helped by tools, nursing and other services caring for their decaying health and had plenty of time exercising leisure activities. Knowing that one day they will be glad to have the same happy old days, the young accept part of their earnings to be used for the health care system. But in the age of population aging, nothing is less sure… Changing roles they are capable of so much more then their status of companion might suggest Ageing Population percentage of the world population aged over 65 between 1950 and 2015
5 % To help solve problems faced by an ageing population as funding for healthcare dwindles, Man's Best friend investigates ways to let dogs help people. Our oldest companions, dogs have shown their ability to complement our weaknesses and can do more than sit with you or join you for a walk. A guard dog can protect its owner from muggers by carrying her valuables. With a pill box around its collar, a retriever may be the nicest of reminders. When carrying groceries becomes a burden, a set of saddlebags across a shepherd's back offers a solution. And for those whose legs have worn out, there’s the dog cart for greater mobility. Man’s Best Friend investigates contemporary and future possibilities for the dog as a helping friend for a major societal issue the world is facing: population ageing.
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Dog's position The dog’s history is a man-made story starting with the first tame wolf that had shown us its potential. By selecting the ones that served us most we gradually designed the dog to what it is today and from then on the dog is all over our history. The dog’s various skills were put at use in a many fields and new dog breeds were bred for their specific properties. As we became less subject to danger and physical work, the dogs main purpose gradually moved to the background. Leaving in the forefront its qualities as a living being that is quite capable of living together with us. A good companion. Surprisingly the global dog population didn’t plunge but keeps on growing and even a whole new category of dogs, the so called group of toy dogs who have no other purpose as to be a good companion that can proudly be shown around, massively saw the daylight. Clearly the contexts of our dogs lives changed, but it left their skills unchanged. We could easily accustom them to new fields that could put their incredible potential at use. They are capable of so much more then their status of companion might suggest.
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