Aging comes with many challenges. The loss of independence is one potential part of the process, as are diminished physical ability and age discrimination.
Although some older adults remain self-sufficient, others require assistance. Because the elderly typically no longer hold jobs, finances can be a challenge. And due to cultural misconceptions, older people can be targets of ridicule and stereotypes. The elderly face many challenges in later life, but they do not have to enter old age without dignity.
The major challenges to the old people include poverty, mistreatment and abuse, discrimination and loneliness. While the elderly may face such challenges in developed countries, it is worse in third world countries where the population is hit by poverty, spread of diseases, mistreatment, discrimination and selfishness.