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A Hotel Transit Boat

Originally uploaded by Mohul

This was my second visit to Venice in 9 years but a rushed one again…….reached around midday and soaked in 7 hours of Venetian bliss….after a sumptuous lunch and a few beers the Gondola ride through the canals exposed me to the ‘backstreets’ of this 1700 year old floating paradise!

Once again, what you see here is through my eyes and through my craving for colour and texture.

I am as usual bessotted by the Venetian masks – something gorgeous and naughty about them!

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In 2008, for the first time there were more pensioners in Britain than children! The rich world is greying fast and in 2009 the median age in the G7 countries will pass 40. The French, Canadians, Italians, Germans and Japanese will well be into their 40s – only the Americans remain relatively young, with a median age of 36.4 years, thanks to a steady influx of the sprightly Mexicans!

So does this really matter?

Some say our societies benefit in some ways from ageing – longer life means better health and that links to better economic growth. A study suggests that for every year extra of average life expectancy in a population, there is a 7% rise in GDP per person!!!! And the social gains likely are: fewer young people usually means lower crime rates!

But the babies are vanishing, DINKs (Double Income No Kids) are on the rise and the ranks of pensioners are swelling. By the middle of this century the average Japanese will be 55 years old. There seems to be no reversal of these trends.

The dependance of non workers on wealth creators is on the rise,currently 3.8 people working for every pensioner, in Europe. In a decade this will be 2.4 people working to support every ‘grey beard’ in the continent. Immigration and outsider influx may salvage Europe, but only to a very little extent. However, there seems to be no cure for the Japanese wrinkles.

Our governments are increasing the retirement age to retain the workforce longer but the rate of new entries is not enough to maintain the balance.

Big gatherings are proposed to look at the issue. Melbourne hosts the 10th Global Conference on Ageing in 2010, while an International forum will take place in Japan, where think-tanks, agencies and activist groups will meet to develop bright ideas about how to make the most out of ageing.

Meanwhile, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lopez, Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Jennifer Aniston might not want the world to know – but they are all turning 40 this year and maybe wanting us to believe that their best work still lies ahead………’Life Begins at Forty’.
Is there any advice for the G7 on ‘How To Age Gracefully’?

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