Aging Population - Europe

on April 28, 2006 with 0 comments »

Everyone's read doomsday forecasts about how the aging population in Europe is going to doom them ....but a sign of the times to come for Europe as Italy votes to possibly elect a 87 year old as Senate Leader?!!! My granddad is 89 and I cannot imagine anyone 85+ being a leader of anything!! These guys are in trouble...

'Italy is a phallic gerontocratic society' ....

'What future for youth in a country where a man of 87 is being proposed as the next leader of the Senate, an 85-year-old may be re-elected president, and the prime minister-elect is one of the few major world leaders born before the outbreak of World War II? Fueling the debate are statistics released this week showing that the elderly form an increasingly large slice of the population: Nearly 20 percent of Italians are over 65, with that figure projected to rise to 34 percent by 2050. Still more strikingly, nearly two-fifths of the population is older than 50.'

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