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A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

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Disruptive Demographics Posts

Global Aging, Technology & Innovation

Disruptive Demographics

Hurry Up and Die

almost 2 years ago

In most countries, if an elected official told older adults to “hurry up and die” in order to save the state money on their medical care, it would border on political suicide. But in Japan, where people above age 60 comprise almost a quarter of the population, such a gaffe crosses the line of tone ...

Disruptive Demographics

Is 75 the New 65?

about 2 years ago

How does nearly six decades of work sound? We have all read the promising stories – ‘60 is the new 30’. According to some observers, 60 year olds may be just hitting their stride in work, relationships and ‘what’s next’. People are more youthful, have more expectations for their later years and are ...

Disruptive Demographics

Casting a New Dream of Old Age

over 2 years ago

When societal change happens there is rarely a moment of thunderous applause. Real change is typically incremental and then one day a shift in attitudes or lifestyles is so apparent that historians start reverse engineering dates or events marking ‘when’ the change occurred. The media reflects ...

Disruptive Demographics

Hot Wheels, Cool Aging

over 2 years ago

Driving down the Massachusetts Turnpike I came up behind a small sporty coupe. What was striking even from a distance was the color. It was a neon green that I had not seen since playing with my favorite Hot Wheels model cars as a kid in the 1960s and 1970s. Even 40-plus years ago the color was so ...