Global Aging, Impact, and Opportunities

In June, world policy leaders met at the 2019 G20 Summit in Japan. For the first time in history, these leaders discussed the economic impact of global aging and declining birthrates. What does this mean for businesses? Bill Novelli, founder of the Global Social Economic Initiative (GSEI) at the McDonough School of Business said that one of the most important trends in the world today is the aging population. And this trend represents a significant opportunity for “nearly every industry.” Indeed, the aging population signifies economic, workplace, and innovation implications that forward-thinking businesses cannot ignore. Economic Impact In 2015, 35%…

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You’re Just Old: Age and Outrage

Ageism and Outrage As an older woman, I am becoming more aware of how ageism can affect various aspects of my life and the lives of others—especially when it comes to medical care. I do not believe it is acceptable for any medical professional to discount health concerns by saying, “You’re just old.” Yet this continues to happen to people as they age.  I am learning that when we educate ourselves about ageism and speak up, we have power. Cathy is one of my neighbors. She is an active 82-year-old woman. She has taught dance classes for years. I often…

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