I've been struck by the rise of ageing as a big public and political issue in the last 5 years. David Willets' latest book The Pinch is one manifestation of the ageing debate. Another is the rising power of the older voter. Age UK has just released data showing that older voters now form a substantial block of voters in a large number of marginal electoral constituencies.
There is a tendency to view ageing through a particular lens depending on your position. To some people the silver tsunami threatens to overwhelm our public services and create massive taxpayer burden. For others the opportunities of an ageing society are significnat and growing but relatively untapped.
What is particularly interesting from my point of view is that the capacity of older people to contribute to social change is enormous given the experience and the time that many older people can choose to devote to community projects.
I am interested in setting up a project in relation to ageing within the RSA fellowship. If you have a view or would be interested in being part of the discussion please respond to this message.
I am keen to be involved with this project. Ageing cannot be reversed (yet) and it is a process that we all experience. Picking up on Tessy's point on pessimism, why do not celebrate our ageing society? So much of media, organisational and society is focused on the youth generation. I want to see a society where we bridge the gaps between ages so that the stories and learnings are not lost and forgotton.
An interesting and emerging theme / discussion area - one that I would like to follow. Chronology is often the pre-occupation of such debates - rather than function and adaptation.