Today was Day 2 of the 1st World Congress on Healthy Ageing. I have so much to write about and share, but later. Suffice for now to share an article "A Short Burning Fuse" that was published in The Economist in 2009.
The article was referred to by William Green, one of the speakers at the plenary session this morning on "Investment in Health as Good Economic Policy for 21st Century Active Ageing".
I highly recommend that you read the article. It is very well-researched, and gives you an idea of the dire economic, social and political consequences of a rapidly greying population.
The alarm bells have rung and will continue to ring increasingly louder in the coming years.
In the Asia-Pacific region, countries like Japan, South Korea and Singapore will see their elderly population explode in the coming decades. Their governments have switched into high gear to prepare for this impending and unstoppable silver-haired tsunami.
Now is there any way to get our policy-makers here to do the same too?