The turnaround on all continents except Africa means supporting an increasing number of retired people with many fewer workers, and confronts the world with two primary solutions, both of them controversial.
- Loosen up currently fraught politics around migration from still-growing countries.
- Or populate our countries with robot helpers.
Experts are recommending “major reforms” in US programs to help the elderly, but to date we haven’t seen much action. They also understand that we’ll all be working longer than we may have planned on to make up for the gap.
This means “a rising fiscal burden and slower economic growth than if the population was not aging,” says Richard Jackson of the Global Aging Institute.
Read the full article: The aging, childless future
Gen 2 Gen a program of encore.org, a Next For Me favorite, is hosting a summer of activities to connect older and younger generations. They write:
At a public library in Fairplay, Colorado, children under 12 years old are taking ukulele lessons with adults over 62.
With help from a local artist, residents in senior living centers and youth from low-income communities in Kingman, Arizona are creating portraits of one another.
Fifty older residents of Moncks Corner, South Carolina are telling 150 younger ones about the history of local African-American teachers, then creating a Facebook exhibit together, complete with oral histories, stories and photos.
Here’s a list of 20 projects that received $250 from Gen2Gen to make their fun projects come to life this summer.
Gen2Gen helps people over 50 find new ways to improve the lives of young people who need champions. Sign up here.
In Next Avenue, Marc Miller founder of Career Pivot and author of: Repurpose Your Career: A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers addresses a common experience when older job seekers find that their network has ‘aged out.’
He tells the stories of members of the Career Pivot community who had no trouble making moves in the job market when their colleagues had their back and would make introductions. But as they moved into their sixties they found
That was until he hit his 60s and his network either retired, became unemployed, were downsized or just died.
Sobering for sure. Miller recommends cultivating and nurturing your existing and even new ‘connectors’ to stay in the game. If you’re thinking of moving into a new industry, who do you need to know. Will you make a plan to make those connections happen?
Read the full article: Has Your Network Aged Out and Abandoned You? Career advice on what to do when it happens to you