Our population is aging. What will we do about it?

Due to population explosion and a global increase in average life expectancies, an unprecedentedly high percentage of the world's population is aging. By the middle of this century there will be up to 2 billion individuals over the age of 65, a demographic shift never before experienced in our human history. In addition, declining birth rates in industrialized countries means a decrease in the number of adults under 64. In Aging Social Policies: An International Perspective the authors consider how policy–domestic and international–affects and will continue to affect the lives of our aging population.

Employment Policies

Employment policies

The bottom line is that population aging is both a challenge and an opportunity, … a tremendous opportunity for all of us to spend more rewarding years at work and in retirement. … Seizing this opportunity will require the cooperation of government, employers, trade unions, and civil society to adopt and implement a new agenda of age-friendly employment policies and practices.

—Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2006

I was forced to quit my job at age 52 and 1/2. I never found work after that. … I sent out thousands of letters. … I was told at age 53 I was too old, too expensive. I was willing to take positions I was over-qualified for, … but no one answered me, … not ...

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