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.
With the effects of climate change no longer theoretical, projections more dire and action lagging, some potential parents are hesitating.
I don't need to ask you what you're doing on August 12, 2018. You're no doubt planning to attend your local Middle Child Day parade, or take in a lecture on Famous Middle Children Throughout History
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.
The recent years' refugee influx is beginning to show on European birth rates. In Denmark, the proportion of babies born to immigrant parents has increased significantly, which is fraught with far-reaching economic and cultural consequences.
Travis Rieder and his wife Sadiye have one child.
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
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The number of children in Japan has fallen to a new low, while the amount of people over 65 has reached a record high as the population ages and shrinks, the government said. There were an estimated
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China's finally starting to reckon with the health consequences of decades of pollution. An official at the top economic planning agency just acknowledged pollution's toll on people's mental and physical health. But for many, that's too little too late. Such as for China's youngest lung cancer patient (link in Chinese), an 8 year old girl. And for the 40 million people between 20 and 40-about 12.5% of that population-who have fertility problems.
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