Aging population presents challenge for countries

For the first time in history, the Earth has more people over the age of 65 than under the age of 5.

In another two decades, population experts predict, the ratio will be 2-to-1.

Aging is not only a challenge for those aging, but it’s also a challenge for the countries where most of the aging is taking place, and America is one of those countries.

Oldsters on the job tend to shy away from new technologies. They also tend to make more money at the end of their career, while contemporaneously generating less productivity and absorbing more benefits — particularly health benefits. In short, aging depresses growth.

Countries with lots of older workers are also societies with lots of older voters and older voters are known to be more conservative and less likely to support immigration, spending on education and new technology, while conversely tilting the scale toward greater health benefits.

Where do I stand? I stand for anti-ossification, and a moratorium on aging (lol). In other words, I embrace new technology, education and the integration of trustworthy immigrants who can add to our workforce and our armed forces. Men, women and children who truly want to adopt America as their homeland just as generations of our grandparents and great-grandparents freely chose to do decades ago.

Martin DuPont

Makawao

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