A report released recently from the Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Commerce entitled “An Aging World: 2008” should make people pause. Consider these key findings:
· People aged 65 and over will soon outnumber children under age five for the first time in history.
· Most countries show a steady increase in longevity over time, which raises questions about the potential for the human lifespan.
· The world’s population aged 80 and over is projected to increase 233% between 2008 and 2040, compared with 160% for the population aged 65 and over and 33% for the total population of all ages.
· As people live longer and have fewer children, family structures are transformed and care options in older age may change.
Those are my thoughts. What are yours?
Anthony Cirillo, FACHE, ABC, is a marketing consultant, professional speaker, aging and senior health expert, and the owner of Fast Forward Consulting. Visit his personal blog at www.anthonyssong.blogspot.com.