ILC-The Netherlands Blog: A Longer Working Life?

Younger and older employees have much in common. They are devoted to their work; most of them are capable and usually see their work as meaningful. So it’s very strange that employers and employees, the younger as well as the older generation, think that younger employees outperform older ones. Despite an enormous amount of scientific evidence of the opposite, century old prejudices still prevail in our modern society. In view of the rapid aging of the workforce in most industrialized developed countries in the next ten years, these prejudices are a huge restraint to economic growth. To change these prejudices would require a fundamental cultural overhaul, which would probably take several generations. Continue reading

ILC-India Blog: Value-building of India’s Greatest Resource – Children. An ILC-I Initiative.

Young India going Old:

The population of India is more than 1 billion- a very well-known fact. India is the second most populous country in the world, again a well-established statistic. Modern India is being acknowledged as ‘Young India’ because of the growing population rate of the country.

And despite all this, there is a startlingly new revelation that has come to the forefront which needs the urgent attention and focus of the governmental, the political and societal machinery of the country. Continue reading

ILC-Japan Blog: Disseminating “Productive Aging” to the world – From Salzburg to Tokyo

The average life expectancy for Japanese people is now over 80, and healthy life expectancy is 75 which is the world’s longest. The portion of the population over 65 is expected to be more than 30% in 2025 causing Japanese society to go through something that humanity has never experienced before. What will the society be like when a third of the population is elderly? Continue reading

Intergenerational Conflict in Japan: The Duality of the Labour Market

ILC-UK at the Japan Foundation

Recently, ILC-UK attended a seminar at the Japan Foundation entitled, ‘Challenges of an Ageing Society.’ The Foundation invited speakers from Kobe University to discuss the economic impacts of ageing and the ways in which Japan is tackling these challenges.

Japan was labelled a ‘Star of Ageing’ by the chair, Dr. George Leeson from the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing. The country has had to adjust to a rapidly ageing population in a fraction of the time in which Europe experienced its demographic transition. Continue reading

Guest blog: Peter Barnett – Lonely planet or lonely people?

The impact of demographic change on social attitudes and employment are the subject of a recent article by John Cacciopo [1]. In it he reminds us that in the 21st century we are facing profound demographic changes that are expected to transform communities and societies worldwide. He argues that the combination of rising life expectancy and declining social capital means that more people are experiencing isolation than ever before. Continue reading

Guest Blog: Nena Foster – HIV infection at older age and the implications for providing health and social care

As we mark World AIDS Day 2011, it is important to recognise the success and progress that has been made in preventing the spread of HIV, as well as in treating and supporting those living with the condition. However, this day also provides opportunity to reflect on the work that is still needed, including raising awareness of the risk of HIV infection among those who are not traditionally targeted by HIV health promotion, such as those over the age of 50, and the challenge posed by caring and providing services for those living longer and getting older with HIV in light of impending health and social care reform.

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Older people and natural disasters: the Japanese tsunami

The recent tsunami that hit Japan represents one of the deadliest natural disasters of our recent times. With a death toll of over 10,000 and 13,000 people still missing{1}, Japan’s population has been tragically affected by this disaster. Japan’s demographic profile, which makes it the fastest ageing country in the world, means that the impact of the earthquake and the tsunami will expose a lot of older people to severe risks. The Guardian reported that 128 older patients were abandoned in a hospital in the area of the Fukushima nuclear plant, leading to the death of 14 of them and 11 residents of a retirement home in Kesennuma froze to death after the tsunami hit the town killing 47 older people in total{2}. Continue reading