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Seniors in Bangladesh left with nothing

With family support waning, seniors in dire need of elder care in Bangladesh are being swept under the rug, IRIN reports.

According to the publication, the government is supposed to provide payments to support elders who are unable to work to support themselves, but experts say that only one in four seniors are getting the aid.

In years past, this hasn't been an issue, as family members have taken care of their elder loved ones. However, in today's trying economy, many are being pulled away to work long hours to provide for their families.

The population of people ages 60 and older in Bangladesh is predicted to grow by 8 percent by 2020, 12 percent by 2035 and 17 percent by 2050, according to a study by Mustafiz Rahman of Innovators. These increases coincide with a decrease of livelihood options and family elder care, leaving many seniors to beg for food security.

"More and more elderly Bangladeshis are being left alone," Shashwatee Biplob, a social protection and policy manager with HelpAge International in Bangladesh, told the publication.

"Begging is my only profession now," Zamirul Miah, 65, who sleeps outside in the city, told the news outlet.

To combat this growing trend, Biplob is working with other humanitarian groups to try and work with the government to come up with a new plan with seniors in mind.
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