“Last month, police started offering discounts for noodles at local restaurants to elderly citizens who agreed to hand in their driving licenses.The offer followed a series of deadly accidents involving elderly drivers â€” a growing problem in a country where 4.8 million people aged 75 or older hold a license.”
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“Between 2010 and 2060, the percentage of Japanese citizens over the age of 75 will more than double from 11 per cent to 27 per cent, according to the government. The absolute number of old people will soon level off in Japan, but the proportion of the population who are young is declining rapidly: The percentage of Japanese younger than 19 years old, who constituted 40 per cent of the population in 1960, will decline to just 13 per cent in 2060. Japanâ€™s total population peaked in 2010 at around 127 million people and has already begun to decline. In 2014, the country lost a record 268,000 people, as deaths continued to outstrip births.”
See Bold steps: Japanâ€™s remedy for a rapidly aging societyAn aging population is not only a Japanese problem but it is acute there. In Canada, “Baby Boomers” certainly created a blip in the demographics and we are just about all retired. I’ve really noticed that I’ve slowed down a lot in the last decade. It wasn’t long ago that I could hike 20 miles carrying a pack and a rifle in the wilderness or lift ~100 pound objects like boxes of chocolates. Now, it’s an effort to get out of my chair or to do chores in the yard. Forget mental arithmetic… Forget remembering everything…
Well, I’ve been told the secret to aging is to do it gracefully… I don’t know what that means. I still feel like a ten year old boy in an ancient body. Anyway, what I’ve lost in the ability to do, I’ve made up for by still being able to say and to imagine outrageous things. Just ask TLW. She’ll tell you I plant trees where they don’t belong or wear my clothes too long or… Still, I solve most of the problems I create unlike some people who just break things and move on. I actually make a few things and figure out ways to do difficult tasks like distributing the boulders TLW bought and dumped in my driveway. We positioned all but the largest using a chain-hoist and a cart that I built from scrap steel.
Anyway, I’m blessed. With my investments in my pension account doubling and redoubling, I should have some cash to spend my way, foolishly or not, and I may live long enough to pay off the last mortgage. Surely flowers and trees and bees will bless me all the days of my life.