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I am reading The Quartet by Joseph J. Ellis, about the subordination of the 13 colonies of the United States to a new government, The United States of America. In the last 300 years it has been a game changer establishing a dream of individual freedom starting with a plan for execution. A few men, an idea, and global change.
Arguably, demographics control the future of the world. For those alive in the 1960’s there was rampant fear of the effects of overpopulation as seen in this video.
The second half of the 1960s was a boom time for nightmarish visions of what lay ahead for humankind. In 1966, for example, a writer named Harry Harrison came out with a science fiction novel titled “Make Room! Make Room!” Sketching a dystopian world in which too many people scrambled for too few resources, the book became the basis for a 1973 film about a hellish future, “Soylent Green.” In 1969, the pop duo Zager and Evans reached the top of the charts with a number called “In the Year 2525,” which postulated that humans were on a clear path to doom.
Mankind steps from one fire into another and invariably predicts doom and gloom. A hero inevitably arises, a game changer, who through sheer force of effort changes the dynamics of the world and emboldens a new generation from the ashes of despair.
One thing that happened on the road to doom was that the world figured out how to feed itself despite its rising numbers. No small measure of thanks belonged to Norman E. Borlaug, an American plant scientist whose breeding of high-yielding, disease-resistant crops led to the agricultural savior known as the Green Revolution. While shortages persisted in some regions, they were often more a function of government incompetence, corruption or civil strife than of an absolute lack of food.
We are facing a crisis in the near future, yet again, based on demographics. It is the crisis brought to us by technology and a global decline in birth rate, the crisis of the elderly. In 2060 the global senior population, those over 65, will have doubled from its current percentage, in the United States from 12% to 24%.
In fact, I do not see the aging population as a crisis, but as a godsend. They are not only the largest active voting block but also the most economically empowered. In other words, they get their way and they can pay for what they want. What seniors need, actually crave, is a sense of value. There are only so many flights around the world and stays in fancy hotels until that, too, becomes commonplace. Some basic human needs are a sense of belonging and a sense of self worth.
Some of the numbers associated to senior care are:
- 30% of all Medicare expenditures are attributed to the 5% of beneficiaries that die each year, with 1/3 of that cost occurring in the last month of life
- Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall
- The financial toll for older adult falls is expected to increase as the population ages and may reach $67.7 billion by 2020
- Emergency service vehicles cost $165 a mile
- The United States spend $237 billion on emergency miles per year
- 63% of all those miles or $149 billion were not necessary
- The average time to arrive for fall victims is half an hour
- Around 40% of all seniors over 65 are obese
- The leading causes of death in the elderly are heart disease and cancer
We at Zanthion are changing the landscape for all seniors in our society by changing processes for emergency services reducing costs by up to 55% to communities for senior falls. We are integrating society with the vast reservoir of wisdom by crowdsourcing companionship, manpower, and fall remediation. We are analyzing and predicting a need for intervention so that senior’s quality of life is better. Please help us help you have a better life.