There are some things money can’t buy…

On the UN’s International Day of Older Persons, the latest Global Age Watch Index underlines international variation in experiences of old age.

Today, Help Age International publish the latest edition of their Global Age Watch Index. For 96 countries, and 91% of the world’s population over 60, the index captures the standard of living of older people. The index combines 13 indicators, incorporating income security, health status, education and employment, and whether a country provides an enabling environment for older people. Continue reading

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