Thursday March 5 at 8.30pm on SBS
In this century the world’s population will grow dramatically older. The second episode of Baby Boom to Bust takes us into the lives of people across the world already impacted by global ageing. In China, the program highlights the plight of the elderly in the countryside, who’ve been left to fend for themselves as families shrink. In Australia the so-called ‘sandwich generation’ finds itself trapped between caring for both grown up children and frail parents… with no prospect of ever retiring. The Japanese, who live longest of all, are looking to robots rather than immigrants to care for their senior citizens. Italy, the country which for generations sent its own workers abroad, now depends on illegal immigrants to care for its elderly.