The Reformation of Age & Ageing
Journal article by Sarah Harper
Individuals throughout the word are not only living longer, they are doing so within a population which is in itself growing older. This article suggests that to grow old in a society which is old is very different from growing old in a society which is young. Within the next 3 years, there will be more people on the planet over 65 than under 5 years old. Within the next decade, half the population of Western Europe will be aged over 50. As such, Sarah Harper proposes that as we look to reform ageing and old age in the light of extreme longevity, we must look to the institutions which currently define ageing and old age to ensure that our societies continue to distribute resources fairly across the life course. Our education systems, patterns of work, health care, legal systems, even marriage and families were built during a very different demographic.