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
Over the next 6 months, we will be working with Age UK on a project which will consider how we set the agenda for the future for UK transport policy in the context of ageing. As part of the ILC Global Alliance visit to the UK, we will organise an event on transport innovations. (Details below). Continue reading
The next annual conference of the International Federation of Ageing (IFA) in Hyderabad approaches rapidly, and the ILC Global Alliance is delighted to be participating, continuing its strong relationship with the IFA, and its history of featuring strongly in past conference programmes.
Earlier this month, I attended the intersessional meeting between civil society and the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG) in New York. The OWG is the group of UN member states that is leading the process towards a global framework beyond 2015. The session included a presentation on ageing for the first time ever. Continue reading
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
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
South Africa has no policy on housing for older persons. Only social pensioners in need of 24-hour nursing care may be admitted to a state-subsidised old age home, but the number is capped at 2 per cent of the older population. Continue reading
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We are now living in a world where a number of countries have more older people than younger people. Demographers refer to this ‘population ageing’. In Europe, we are facing an unprecedented demographic revolution. Continue reading
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
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