Friday, June 08, 2007

Big cities are havens for aging population

Or so it seems! Yes, the Harvard Gazette Online is saying that 'Great capitals of the world are new ‘retirement communities’':

“Already today there are places where almost 20 percent of the population is 65 years old or more,” Rodwin said. Florida is one of them; Italy is another. Others include certain neighborhoods in New York, London, Paris, and Tokyo.

“The trends point to one obvious conclusion — so obvious that most people don’t talk about it — and it’s that cities will be where older people live. We typically talk about population aging as if it doesn’t matter where you live.” But it does matter, Rodwin said. “And not just what city, but what neighborhood.”

Rodwin was speaking at the symposium “Perspectives from the Future: Tomorrow’s World as Defined by Today’s Research and Planning.” The symposium marked the 30th anniversary of the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement.


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