Problem

Gerontocide

Other Names:
Killing of unproductive aged
Murder of the aged
Senilicide
Nature:
In societies functioning at the subsistence level, the existence of an extra mouth to feed becomes especially critical when that person is unproductive. Procedures ensuring the premature death of such people, whether voluntary or involuntary, therefore tend to emerge.
Incidence:
According to a detailed comparison of ethnographic studies in some 95 primitive societies, infirm old people were killed off in 13 and abandoned or exposed to the elements in 9.
Related Problems:
Parenticide
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 15: Life on Land
Date of last update
01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET