According to Estonia's national census, Estonia is experiencing an aging trend, meaning that the percentage of elderly people in the population is increasing. In 2000, people age 65 and older accounted for 15 percent of Estonia's total population. By 2011, the figure had increased to 18 percent. The average life expectancy in Estonia is about 72.
Elderly people are generally respected and even revered. Most elderly people live by themselves, and pensions are usually enough to cover living expenses. Some elderly people live with their children, and a few live with grandchildren or other relatives. Grandparents often help care for their grandchildren.
Traditionally, people take direct responsibility for looking after their parents when necessary, and they often make decisions and care for elderly parents who can no longer take care of themselves.
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