2018/11/23: Though research into social robots is just beginning, we do know they can provide some solutions to the challenges mounted by ageing populations, and could even help reduce social isolation and loneliness. At this point, humans are still better in providing care and social contact to the elderly, but robots might be able to fill any gaps, especially as technologies continue to improve.
However, before social robots can be fully integrated into care homes, researchers and service provides must address public anxiety and make it clear that robots are designed to assist social workers, not replace them. As long as humans remain in full control to prevent any danger, robots might well be the future of care.
Economists are pointing to Japan, which has been trapped in low growth and deflation, as a dark vision of the future for the West.
In a nation whose current government is leaning toward religious autocracy, a declining birth rate is seen as an existential threat.
2017/10/27: Data that can help track falling fertility rates may have indicated that two-child policy was failing to resolve problem of ageing society.
Demographers said the delay in relaxing birth policies had hampered China’s economic growth due to a shrinking labour pool and quickly greying population.
It is hurting consumption demand and adding to the cost of public spending on pensions and health care.
In the 1990s, five contributors to national pension funds were helping to support one retired person but today, that ratio stands at 2.8 to one.
China is getting old before it is getting rich enough to pay for the care of its elderly, according to a recent report from Deloitte.
“Despite moves to unwind the one-child policy, younger people do not need to be prevented from having more than one child; they may require significant encouragement to have any children at all,” the report said.
“If so, the global implications would be massive, given that China’s population is 10 times that of Japan, and given that China doesn’t yet have a sound social security system.
“There’s a chance that ageing, particularly in China, could lead to higher inflation rates and higher interest rates around the world,” the report said.
They're supposed to be the golden years; a time of happiness and prosperity. But for many seniors, the post-retirement years are not so golden. Many live in isolation, watching their abilities, well-being and independence slowly dwindle away to the point where, after a lifetime of self-determination, they're in the dreaded position of being a burden. It's an image that fuels many a sleepless night.
This map shows how European countries' birth rate per 1,000 people are much lower than other countries across the world. Click on each country to find out the rate and the population growth percentage, according to data from World Bank and CIA
Australia needs new "philosophical underpinnings" for the major spending areas of health, education and retirement income, Business Council of Australia President Catherine Livingstone has said.
Singer and Loose Women panellist Jamelia has been ''hounded'' for simply speaking the truth: that being grossly overweight is unhealthy and society should never endorse it as a life choice
New research says we should discard conventional ways of analyzing what it means to age. It's how well people function that counts.
Cooperation and communication are the cornerstones of patient care and safety but it's all too easy to dismiss with a shrug.
cioè scusa in un pesino e non in città
La pervasività del digitale nelle attività sociali e lavorative è sempre più concreta. Cambiano i lavori e le competenze necessarie, ma questi cambiamenti devono essere adeguatamente governati. Un tema da mettere tra le priorità del semestre europeo. Il caso del Regno Unito
So, I walked the streets of Brussels today - public transport is down because of La Grève, The Strike. Belgian trade unions are on the warpath because of the new government's yet-to-be-introduced austerity policies, including a rise of the retirement age from 65 to 67 by 2030. As I walked past the small groups of striking workers manning the picketing lines I could not help feeling sad.
I'm fifty. I'm not the same guy I was when I was forty, or thirty, never mind twenty, or ten. I visualize identity not as a solid object but as a wave form travelling along the temporal dimension through a complex emulsion of memories, experiences, and emotions, bounded at front and back by singularities-boundaries beyond which there is no continuity (and almost certainly no persistence of identity). We're all waves travelling through this common soup of human existential phenomena, occasionally refracting through one another and being changed thereby. And as we move, we change. Not only are our physical bodies not made up from the same individual atoms: the bits you could notionally use to describe us change, too. New data is added, old patterns are lost (I have the memory of a goldfish these days).
By 2030, the last of the Baby Boomer generation will have turned 65 years old, putting the population of "senior boomers" in the United States at approximately 71 million. Currently, only about 7,000 certified
As they struggle to save the continent's common currency from ruin, European policymakers must also confront what could be an even bigger economic problem. Europe's economy is on the brink of a catastrophic skills shortage.
At the age of 96, the legendary editor Diana Athill writes, the idea of death has never been less alarming. The process of dying is another matter
An argument that society and families-and you-will be better off if nature takes its course swiftly and promptly
New study overturns 20 years of consensus on peak projection of 9bn and gradual decline