Nothing better sums up the miserabilism of the modern age than the non-stop handwringing over ageing populations. What ought to be a cause for celebration – the fact that more people are living longer lives than ever before – is always treated as a potential source of chaos, potentially even doom. Humanity’s ever-growing population of old folk is a living monument to the leaps forward we have made in medicine, nutrition and technology in recent decades. The ‘silver tsunami’, as the novelist Martin Amis referred to the explosion in the number of old people a few years ago, should be seen as a testament to the ingenuity of mankind. But it isn’t. Instead, as the responses to a new Pew Research Center study have made clear, the growth of the numbers of elderly people is seen as a problem – a very big problem.
Three cheers for the silver tsunami!
The ageing population is a boon, not a bomb.
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