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Old World - The silent years

See larger In this Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 photo. an elderly woman uses a cane to walk in Sydney. Only one in five older people worldwide has a pension, according to the World Health Organization. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

In this Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 photo. an elderly woman uses a cane to walk in Sydney. Only one in five older people worldwide has a pension, according to the World Health Organization. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

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  • In this Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 photo, an elderly woman on a stretcher is wheeled out of a nursing home by paramedics in Sydney. By the year 2050, there will be more old people on earth than children for the first time in history, because of rising life spans and falling birth rates, according to demographics studies. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
  • In this Oct. 8, 2013 photo, stone steps lead to the front door of the home of Marguerite Thoresen in Brisbane, Australia. Thoresen's mother, 88-year-old Cynthia Thoresen, lived at the house when she suffered a fall and then lay helpless for up to three months. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)
  • In this Oct. 8, 2013 photo, a vehicle is parked in a carport the home of Marguerite Thoresen in Brisbane, Australia. Thoresen's mother, 88-year-old Cynthia Thoresen, lived at the house when she suffered a fall and then lay helpless for up to three months. The fact that Cynthia even lived in the house was a surprise to most of the neighbors. None had ever seen her. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)
  • This Oct. 8, 2013 photo shows a stagnant swimming pool at the home of Marguerite Thoresen in Brisbane, Australia. Thoresen's mother, Cynthia, who lived at the house, died on Jan. 3, 2009 - one week before her 89th birthday. An autopsy concluded she died from a blood clot in her lung, sparked by a leg fracture. In an expert opinion, Dr. Stephen Morrison, head of thoracic medicine at Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital, said her condition suggested a 'severe degree of neglect...to the point of cruelty in a distressed, demented and totally dependent patient.' (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)
  • In this Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 photo, an elderly man holds onto a signpost on the side of a road in Sydney. About a third of people over 65 fall every year, according to the World Health Organization. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
  • In this Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 photo. an elderly woman uses a cane to walk in Sydney. Only one in five older people worldwide has a pension, according to the World Health Organization. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
  • In this Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 photo, an elderly couple sits on a bench in central Sydney. By the year 2050, there will be more old people on earth than children for the first time in history, because of rising life spans and falling birth rates, according to demographics studies. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

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