A silent revolution is taking place.
“The 20th century gave us the gift of longevity – but for what? The longevity revolution forces us to abandon existing notions of old age and retirement. These old social constructs are quite simply unsustainable in the face of an additional 30 years of life.” – Alexander KalachePresident of the International Longevity Centre
Worldwide life expectancies are increasing, societies are ageing and birth rates are declining.
Meanwhile, Australia is grappling with the implications of an ageing population. Currently over 750 people are turning 65 every day. By 2056 one in five people will be 65 or over.
However focusing just on the demographic changes taking place leads to discussions on the affordability of aged care, increasing healthcare costs and pension affordability. How we manage many more people being older for much longer. This conventional “demographic time bomb”, “silver tsunami” narrative is both limited and flawed.Increasing life expectancy is a triumph in public health presenting new opportunities for individuals, employers, communities and society at large but it requires a rethink of the conventional ways we have looked at ageing and work.
We need a different conversation.
It is time to celebrate longevity.