“ i want to be forgotten – remember the others “
This is a picture of the late Henry Allingham, who passed away this weekend at the age of 113.
His life spanned three centuries, he fought bravely in the First World War and educated children about the horrors of war.
As this article points out, “it’s getting crowded in the 100 year old’s club”. – 6 million worldwide by the middle of the century.
As life expectancy goes up , what does this mean for the world economy ?
The cost of caring for the elderly is one thing, but should it change how old people can be allowed to stay at work ?
There’s a row about ageism at the BBC at the moment (there often is) – particularly in relation to women. And a certain 59 year old golfer nearly won the most prestigous tournament in his sport this weekend.
So, is it time to change our perceptions of what “middle aged ” and “old age” means ?
Are we prepared for the changes to our population and life expectancy ?