On completion of this session the participant will:
- Have an increased awareness of the shift in demographics across the globe as various countries experience an increasing life span;
- Become aware of the challenges presented by an aging population: economics, housing, healthcare, etc; and
- Focus in on these challenges closer to home.
There is a wealth of information about world-wide demographics, for example, Countries With the Oldest Populations in the World | PRB and Which countries have the oldest populations in the world? | World Economic Forum (weforum.org).
Given that this is something new under the sun, I think it is essential to obtain a more global view. There are challenges we as human communities have never faced before this century. What are some of those challenges? How is this both crisis and opportunity around the globe? How are other countries faring? Meeting these challenges? For example, we can look at Senior Co-Housing in the Netherlands: Benefits and Drawbacks for Its Residents – PubMed (nih.gov) and Housing and living arrangements in Japan’s ageing society – Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien (dijtokyo.org)
People are not problems to be solved. People have problems that need solving. How does ignoring the problems prevent us from putting our genius into creating life-affirming strategies?