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The Methusian Catastrophe

Darcy McMaughan, Rachel Edwards, and Bita Kash*

Department of Health Policy and Management, Texas A&M Health Science Center, USA

Corresponding Author:
Bita Kash
Assistant Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management
Texas A&M Health Science Center
TAMU 1266, College Station, TX 77843, USA
Tel: 979-458-0652
Fax: 979-458-0656
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: May 10, 2013; Accepted date: June 28, 2013; Published date: July 01, 2013

Citation: Moudouni DKMM, Edwards R, Kash B (2013) The Methusian Catastrophe. Primary Health Care 3:135. doi:10.4172/2167-1079.1000135

Copyright: © 2013 Moudouni DKMM, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


The Malthusian Catastrophe describes a world in which unchecked population growth outstrips the resources needed for survival. Malthus’ theory reverberates in the current debate over the economic consequences of population aging. As American society faces turbulent socio-economic changes there is resurgence of unease over the increasing number of older adults. The Malthusian Catastrophe has become a Methusian Catastrophe. Some predict the eventual bankruptcy of social systems as the growing number of older adults disrupts the dependency ratio and bleeds the economy dry at the expense of others, notably children and young, working adults. Pitting older adults against younger individuals creates a zero-sum fallacy, and may further marginalize vulnerable older adults. Instead of scapegoating older adults, we should look towards policies that acknowledge and respect the diversity of the American population.

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