The People Factor

Population Growth,
Sustainability,
and Human Well-Being

AGING

What's the Point?

Modern societies don’t acknowledge older adults as vital to thriving economic, social and environmental communities, despite the fact that seniors are one of the fastest growing population demographic group in both industrialized and developing nations.


How We'll Explore It

Our industrialized society tends to think about older adults in the same way that we did 100 years ago, despite the fact that people are living longer and stronger. Adults over 70 years old are one of the fastest growing populations in America. In this section, we’ll explore how aging changes our perceptions of ourselves and our place in the world, whether it be within our families, our social network or our community. We’ll also look at how our society views older adults and how that is (or isn’t) changing. We will use age as a catalyst to explore how what we do with our time (whether it be our job, our hobbies, who we spend time with) significantly impacts how we perceive ourselves and how others perceive us. We’ll explore how the job that we do, regardless of paid or unpaid, impacts our happiness and well-being. We’ll then look at how population growth impacts the choices and opportunities available to everyone, including the intergenerational impacts of disenfranchisement from choice and opportunity because of age, gender, race or ethnicity.