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Changing demographics and the need for education

August 27, 2009
by ACirillo
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A report released recently from the Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Commerce entitled “An Aging World: 2008” should make people pause. Consider these key findings:

· People aged 65 and over will soon outnumber children under age five for the first time in history.

· Most countries show a steady increase in longevity over time, which raises questions about the potential for the human lifespan.

· The world’s population aged 80 and over is projected to increase 233% between 2008 and 2040, compared with 160% for the population aged 65 and over and 33% for the total population of all ages.

· As people live longer and have fewer children, family structures are transformed and care options in older age may change.

Implications? Well watch the video.

Those are my thoughts. What are yours?

Anthony Cirillo, FACHE, ABC, is a marketing consultant, professional speaker, aging and senior health expert, and the owner of Fast Forward Consulting. Visit his personal blog at


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Hi Mr.C,
you are right on everything you have said. Some People would likw to make as if this is not happening but it is and as long as we stay in a state of "Who cares that is not my problem" we will all have a problem. That 233% number was impressive indeed.
HARP away and forget the guilt ....
All kidding aside I cannot believe that more people are not realizing the situation developing. It may take another 10 years for the rameficatons of the figures to have a significant impact but the impact will arrive. When I try to explain it to people I use the imagery of a mushroom. I explain that the stem of the mushroom is our youth and the big heavy top represents the senior demographic. How long do you think the stem can support the growing top part ?