I wanted to reference this again after speaking at the Global Innovation Forum Silicon Valley a couple of weeks ago about Innovation & The Millennials. There are so many opportunities to create situations for older and younger to work together to shape the future, starting immediately. This cross-generational sharing could transform our communities and work places. Visiting the USA, I notice more and more older people working in stores - we never see that in The Netherlands.
My mother just started her 89th year on this planet. She has also just started a new career - sharing her experience on suffering, loss and grief with others who are struggling with those issues. This makes her feel valuable, worthy and keeps her feeling vital. Inspiration for others.
The following is an article from the New York Times 14 October 2010 http://nyti.ms/9FyKny
As Populations Age, a Chance for Younger Nations
By TED C. FISHMAN
Published: October 14, 2010
" YOU MAY KNOW that the world’s population is aging — that the number of older people is expanding faster than the number of young — but you probably don’t realize how fast this is happening. Right now, the world is evenly divided between those under 28 and those over 28. By midcentury, the median age will have risen to 40. Demographers also use another measure, in addition to median age, to determine whether populations are aging: “elder share.” If the share, or proportion, of people over 60 (or sometimes 65) is growing, the population is aging. By that yardstick too, the world is quickly becoming older.
Pick any age cohort above the median age of 28 and you’ll find its share of the global population rising faster than that of any segment below the median. By 2018, 65-year-olds, for example, will outnumber those under 5 — a historic first. In 2050, developed countries are on track to have half as many people under 15 as they do over 60. In short, the age mix of the world is turning upside down and at unprecedented rates. "
To read the rest of the article, go to http://nyti.ms/9FyKny