Shock of Gray

Shock of Gray

The Aging of the World's Population and How It Pits Young Against Old, Child Against Parent, Worker Against Boss, Company Against Rival, and Nation Against Nation

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Baker & Taylor
Evaluates the economic and political ramifications of aging populations on three continents, addressing issues including the impact of disproportionate support systems and the challenges facing today's smaller families.

& Taylor

The best-selling author of China, Inc. evaluates the complex economic and political ramifications of an aging population on three continents, addressing a wide range of issues including the impact of disproportionate support systems and the challenges facing today's smaller families.

Simon and Schuster
The New York Times bestselling author of China, Inc. reports on the astounding economic and political ramifications of an aging world.

The world’s population is rapidly aging—by the year 2030, one billion people will be sixty-five or older. As the ratio of the old to the young grows ever larger, global aging has gone critical: For the first time in history, the number of people over age fifty will be greater than those under age seventeen. Few of us under­stand the resulting massive effects on economies, jobs, and families. Everyone is touched by this issue—parents and children, rich and poor, retirees and workers—and now veteran jour­nalist Ted C. Fishman masterfully and movingly explains how our world is being altered in ways no one ever expected.

What happens when too few young people must support older people? How do shrinking families cope with aging loved ones?

What happens when countries need millions of young workers but lack them? How do compa­nies compete for young workers? Why, exactly, do they shed old workers?

How are entire industries being both created and destroyed by demographic change? How do communities and countries remake themselves for ever-growing populations of older citizens? Who will suffer? Who will benefit?

With vivid and witty reporting from American cities and around the world, and through compelling interviews with families, employers, workers, economists, gerontologists, government officials, health-care professionals, corporate executives, and small business owners, Fishman reveals the astonishing and interconnected effects of global aging, and why nations, cultures, and crucial human relationships are changing in this timely, brilliant, and important read.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, c2010
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781416551027
Branch Call Number: 304.61 FIS
Characteristics: 401 p. ;,24 cm.


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Jan 21, 2012

This was a bit of a struggle to read but a subject that is becoming more front and center. I struggled mostly because I am approachning my mid fifties and don't really want to think about aging more and what may be in store for me 20 or so years down the road..

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Jan 21, 2012

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