How Will an Aging Population Affect the Future?
The WorldChanging blog cites a Stanford Magazine article about the consequences of an aging world. Among the takeaways from the article are:
- The traditional retirement age of 65 will soon become a thing of the past. It made sense back when the average life expectancy was 61 and most work involved hard, physical labor. But in an office environment, many workers can keep working well into their 70s and 80s.
- Longer life must go hand-in-hand with better health; no one wants to see an elderly population become an infirm population. Quality-of-life issues must become the focus of future healthcare research.
- In the U.S., aging baby boomers will continue to impact the culture, changing our long-held assumptions of what it means to be old. However, because the elderly perceive time differently than younger people (a long history behind them and not much longer to go), their priorities are different.
- The large numbers of the elderly may make it possible for more young people to have mentors.
- The elderly have a more nuanced view of the world, having gained the ability to appreciate differences of opinion.
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