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    Satyajit Das, "The Old Are Eating the Young"

    Bloomberg View - 13 Jun 2017

    The generational divide is worsening around the world, with the appropriation of future wealth and resources for current consumption increasingly disadvantaging future generations. If this “generational” inequity is not addressed, social tensions will rise. The problems are manifold: increasing global indebtedness (325% of GDP) is compounded by unfunded liabilities (social services, health care, pensions) that ageing will make unsustainable; environmental degradation will result in future costs, and so on. Worrying… (reads in 7-9 min).  

    Published in Weekly selection 16 June 2017

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  • SOCIETY, Ageing, PSYCHOLOGY, Wellbeing

    Anil Ananthaswamy, "Why You Can’t Help But Act Your Age"

    Nautilus - 30 Jun 2017

    A surprising relationship exists between mindset and getting old. New research shows that how old we feel (i.e. our subjective age) can influence how we age. It seems to point to the existence of an epigenetic clock. We don’t understand the precise molecular mechanism behind it, but a connection might exist between the clock and the mind. The broad conclusion: most of us are slaves to our chronological age, which is just a number… (reads in 7-9 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 16 June 2017

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    Amelia Hill, "A World Without Retirement"

    The Guardian - 5 Apr 2017

    Simply put, we are entering the age of no retirement. This article focuses on the UK but what it describes and the lessons it draws apply across many countries around the world. In a few decades, we will all need to keep working into our 80s if we want to enjoy the same standard of retirement as our parents. In addition, the raising of the state retirement age will create a new form of social inequality. Most societies are totally unprepared for this major change that is fast coming (reads in 8-10 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 7 April 2017

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