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Now that I’m living my 76th year on earth

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I feel more sensitive to discussions about the Old. I guess that at my age I’m becoming old! But I don’t feel that old most of the time!

I look at these faces and I don’t see myself:

For one thing I don’t sport any facial hair because I think that it would make me look older.

Here’s the sad truth about “The Old World” according to Ted Fishman in the NY Times, my favorite news feed.

YOU MAY KNOW that the world’s population is aging — that the number of older people is expanding faster than the number of young — but you probably don’t realize how fast this is happening. Right now, the world is evenly divided between those under 28 and those over 28. By midcentury, the median age will have risen to 40. Demographers also use another measure, in addition to median age, to determine whether populations are aging: “elder share.” If the share, or proportion, of people over 60 (or sometimes 65) is growing, the population is aging. By that yardstick too, the world is quickly becoming older. Pick any age cohort above the median age of 28 and you’ll find its share of the global population rising faster than that of any segment below the median. By 2018, 65-year-olds, for example, will outnumber those under 5 — a historic first. In 2050, developed countries are on track to have half as many people under 15 as they do over 60. In short, the age mix of the world is turning upside down and at unprecedented rates.

That’s a large slice of reality that will take some getting used to

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/10/14 at 06:16