New Two Part Series Begins Thursday February 26 at 8.30pm on SBS
A new two part documentary series called Baby Boom to Bust, which begins on SBS on Thursday February 26 at 8.30pm, says the world is at an extraordinary turning point. For the first time in history old people will soon out number the young.
With the huge middle age baby boomer generation on the cusp of old age, some experts are predicting our worst nightmares could be just around the corner – an entire society of elderly people, totally dependent on government assistance. What makes this prediction more alarming is that declining birth rates means there will be fewer people working, and that governments will consequently earn less revenue from taxes. This would put social, political and health care systems under intense pressure.
Through interviews with both experts on Ageing and residents of Japan, China, Italy and Australia, Baby Boom to Bust explores the issues surrounding the world’s aging population, and attempts to answer many crucial questions: What impact will global ageing have on the economy and our way of life? Are lower birth rates a cause for concern or a sign of prosperity? What are the responsibilities of governments, corporations and citizens?