The Future is Old

EPA/EVERETT KENNEDY BROWN

Renowned Japanese yamabushi, mountain priest, named Fumihiro Hoshino speaks to a group of pilgrims at the summit of the 1984 meter Mt. Gassan, one of three sacred mountains along the Dewa Sanzan pilgrimage route in Yamagata prefecture, Japan.

Rapid societal aging will confront mainly the developed world.


MUNICH – The aging of our societies is one of the greatest success stories of the twentieth century. More than three decades have been added to the lives of hundreds of millions of people over the last hundred years. This is an accomplishment well worth celebrating; but we must also bear in mind that with increased longevity come significant long-term economic consequences – and that many societies are aging at a record speed.

Last year, the OECD warned that the world was aging at an unpreced...


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