Berlin Senior Citizens’ Week

(Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

By Doug Lazy on February 1, 2018

BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 30: An elderly couple embrace while dancing during an afternoon get-together in the community room of the Sewanstrasse senior care home in Lichtenberg district on August 30, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. The center opens its doors to non-residents every Tuesday, and between 30 and 70 retired people who still live in their own homes in the local neighborhood come to dance and chat over coffee and cake. Today's afternoon dance is part of Senior Citizens' Week (Berliner Seniorenwoche), a city initiative meant to highlight activities available for the city's eldery. Germany is facing significant demographic change that includes elderly citizens making up an increasing portion of the overall population, a situation aggravated by the country's birth rate, which is the lowest in Europe. The shift will continue to put greater strain on the country's ability to finance its public health and senior care programs. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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