Anti-ageism activist, Ashton Applewhite, writing for The Society Pages, has figured out what an Aging Baby Boomer generation truly means for America. Perhaps it is not doomsday. Perhaps it is closer to an ideal scenario.
The Census Report includes an oft-cited statistic: “An unprecedented shift will occur between 2015 and 2020, when the percentage of people aged 65 and over in the global population will surpass the percentage of the very young (aged 0-4) for the first time.” This means that by 2020 there’ll be one older adult for every child—far better for children’s welfare than the inverse, as well as for the women who once had to produce enough of them to survive famines, wars, and epidemics.
Could a 1:1 dependency ratio mean age equity across the board? No more obsessive focus on youth, youthfulness, youth generations? More funding for preschool programs? More intergenerational schools, parks, programs, and friendships? And wonderful, long-lasting grandparent/grandchild relationships into the future, as Ariel wrote about last week?
One can only hope.