Behind the Demographic Time Bomb of Aging
It is estimated that about one-quarter of Canadians will be aged 65 and over by 2036. The same percentage of China’s population will be aged 65 and over by 2051 — a staggering 360 million people or more than North America’s current total population. Imagining a North America with only senior citizens provides an idea of the magnitude of the challenges faced by countries in the developing world as their economies improve and their populations age.
Dr. Mark Rosenberg, Canada Research Chair in Development Studies, is working with colleagues in Canada and China to understand how the aging of the population is taking place at the local, regional and national levels. Rosenberg is also exploring what aging populations mean for individuals, families, friends, volunteer organizations and local, regional and national governments.
Rosenberg is particularly interested in the most vulnerable sectors of the older population — those who are poor, living alone, in poor health and living in areas that have the fewest resources to address the needs of the elderly. In addition, Rosenberg is studying the role voluntary organizations can play and the government policies and programs that need to be established to help aging populations.
Rosenberg’s research is preparing Canada and the developing world for an older global society that will provide unprecedented challenges for all governments.