Tag Archives: life expectancy

The World Is Aging But Does Government Understand?

Latest reports from the United States Census Bureau describe a world marching slowly, but surely to an aged population. The world is soon to cross a demographic landmark of tremendous social and economic importance when the proportion of the global population aged 65 and over outnumbers children under the age of 5. The report, “An Aging World: 2008″ claims within ten years older people will constitute a larger number than children under the age of five. Over the coming thirty years the number of those over the age of 65 will double from 506 million to about 1.3 billion, a leap from constituting 7% of the population to 14%. Each month those who are 65 and over increase by 875,000.

Europe is the oldest area of the world and contains 23 of the 25 world’s oldest populations. Japan tops the list with a life expectancy of about 85 while Zimbabwe is the reverse with the lowest life expectancy of 40 due to the corrupt and incompetent government of President Mugabe. The economic and social implications for this change are dramatic, but few, if any, governments are even contemplating changes that must be made. For example, life expectancy for French men and women after 65 is now close to 20 years. Around half of women 65 and over in Denmark, Germany, and Slovakia are on their own.

It is time for the UN to begin a world wide focus on implications for the aging world.

Will John McCain Live Out Eight Years?

The American people currently are dealing with a major crisis caused by the financial debacle that has left ruin in its wake for millions. But, an even greater disaster not merely for America but the world awaits if what actuary analysts estimate about the life expectancy of John McCain. An Atlanta actuarial company that specializes in estimating life and health expectancy has run the numbers on McCain and Obama and the results should frighten anyone who even is considering voting for McCain. The firm estimates McCain has a life expectancy of 8.4 years but there is a one in four chance he will not live to serve out a second term if he is elected this year.

The prospect of Sarah Palin, the illiterate and intellectual moron, becoming president is frightening for the entire world since she has absolutely no understanding of foreign, let alone domestic policy. Can America gamble on a one in four shot? McCain may currently be in good health, but he did have cancer and that is always a danger that returns to many people. Democrats should be publishing this information in TV ads.