Low Birth Rates and Unemployment: The Effects of Changing Demographics in Italy and Japan

As many already know, Japan has the largest population of people over 65 in the world at 25 percent in 2013. Since the Japanese are known for their longevity, this number may seem like an isolated phenomenon but the rest of the world is catching up. Almost every major country went through a birthing boom after World War II and people are starting to wonder … Continue reading Low Birth Rates and Unemployment: The Effects of Changing Demographics in Italy and Japan

Hong Kong plans for a city that’s growing older

HONG KONG — For decades, this city of more than 7 million has been one of Asia’s most dynamic places, filled with a youthful energy that drove rapid growth in both the population and the local economy. Planners here still see Hong Kong that way. But they also are looking at the long-term trends, and grappling with a force they cannot stop: Hong Kong is getting older. … Continue reading Hong Kong plans for a city that’s growing older

Japan Confronts Crime Wave With Aging Population

“It wasn’t great to get caught, but I just didn’t give a damn…” Fumio Kageyama A crime wave among older people is underway in the world’s greyest nation. Just last year in Japan, the number of criminals over 65 overtook the number of teenage criminals for the first time since the country started publishing age-related crime statistics in 1989. Over a third of shoplifting crimes … Continue reading Japan Confronts Crime Wave With Aging Population

The Impact of the Chavez Government on Pensions and Health Systems

This is Part 2 of a two-part series on Venezuela’s economic crisis. In Part 1, the main focus was food shortages. In Part 2, pension programs and health systems are emphasized. On the surface, the status of older adults in Venezuelan society should have been secure. The Chavez government had expanded pensions to cover all older adults regardless of work history in 2011. The program was … Continue reading The Impact of the Chavez Government on Pensions and Health Systems

Venezuela’s Economic Crisis Puts Older Populations-At-Risk

This article is the first part of a two-part series on Venezuela’s ongoing economic crisis. Click here to read Part 2. Venezuela is in the midst of an economic collapse. Oil prices have plummeted and the bolivar (Venezuelan currency) has dropped in value compared to the U.S. dollar. The situation is rapidly becoming a humanitarian emergency due to inflation and devaluation of the currency, food … Continue reading Venezuela’s Economic Crisis Puts Older Populations-At-Risk