In 1980, the number of people in the world who had reached 60 years was 378 million. In the middle of our century, they are expected to reach 2 billion. The trend is also a fact within the European Union where an increasing part of the population is older, while the proportion of young people decreases. The consequence is that we have to work longer to maintain the welfare – and to take care of our old.
“This is not necessarily a bad thing. Our approach to aging has changed in many positive ways. We no longer accept a calm and withdrawn life as old-timers. Many of us want to remain active in working life long after the statutory retirement age. We like the idea of turning up at the office as usual and meeting younger colleagues with new perspectives”, says Henrik Clausen, popular lecturer and Director of the Fagerhult Academy.