This is a video blog of something we wrote about last week.
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 5 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 worlds population aged 80 and over is projected to increase 233 percent between 2008 and 2040, compared with 160 percent for the population aged 65 and over and 33 percent 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.