The Nib is a comic-based journalism publication that primarily writes political satire, but has been catching my attention more and more with their journalistic comics covering healthcare topics. I normally would just share these via Twitter or Facebook, with a quick comment, and move on for the day – but not this morning. This morning, the daily Nib email (sign up for that here) came with a comic that really stuck with me – the social, political, and economic reality that the most aged population in history will soon bring the world.
This is a topic that has been garnering more and more attention by healthcare providers, governments, academia, and the media – just a quick Google search for “aging population” will net you hundreds of appropriate articles and/or pages. If you are looking for a crash course on the topic, here are a few good starting points:
- Time – “The Real Threat of an Aging Population” – A quick book review (w/ a video) that hits some high marks and gives you a glimpse into a worthwhile new read on the economic side of population aging.
- Pew – “Attitudes about Aging: A Global Perspective” – A long Pew study conducted in 2014 to determine attitudes about aging populations in various countries – one highlight being that Japan is worried and acknowledging the problem, while the USA does not yet feel these concerns.
- US Census Bureau – “An Aging World: 2015” – A massive report with extraordinary detail into all aspects of aging populations, spanning the globe. If you are interested in this topic beyond mere curiosity, this is the for you.
And of course… Read the full comic, ‘Graying World’, on The Nib!