Month: September 2016


Written by Dr. Swetha Suresh, Manager Entrepreneurship and Innovation, swissnex India

While I wait at a notoriously busy intersection in Bangalore on my way to work, I can’t help but notice the melee of kids going to school and office goers. Statistically every third person in any Indian city today is a “youth”. India’s youthfulness is all set to be a key driver for economic growth. In the next 20 years, India will have one of the youngest demographics in the world and also be home to over 300 million elderly people; the entire population of USA.



Ageing Society in Russia: Challenges and Opportunities

Written by Andrey Melnikov, STC, Embassy of Switzerland in Moscow

Russia, just as many other countries, encounters the problem of aging population. The increase of the senior age group is often seen by economists, sociologists and government officials as a shrinking labor force and a burden on the budget, especially in the conditions of the on-going economic crisis, since the official retirement age is relatively low – 55 years for women and 60 for men with an option to continue their professional life. However, the aging problem is not only a fiscal issue, but a combination of social, economic, political, cultural, religious and many other matters.

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Psychological aspects of an ageing society with the example of Chile

Written by Frank Schürch, STC, Embassy of Switzerland in Chile

General situation in Chile

Chile is an advanced ageing society. Indicators for an ageing society are amongst the highest in Latin America. Life expectancy for example, is higher than ever before. For women of age 60 it is 91 years and for men of age 65 it is 86 years. Furthermore, in 2016, 15% of the population is over 60 years old, while 24% make up the millenial generation. With the changing demographics in Chile, those two groups are expected to reach equal size in 2026.

Currently post-retirement financial security is the hottest topic in Chile. The pension system is strongly flawed and is based on private contribution to one’s own pension fund instead of the more common system based on solidarity. (more…)

Ageing Society in Germany

Written by Noemi Lötscher in cooperation with Fabienne Aemisegger, STC, Embassy of Switzerland in Berlin

Germany, as many other countries, faces an aging society: It is believed that by 2050 one third of the German population will be aged over 64. The average age will rise from 45 in 2013 to almost 51 in 2050 (see Table 1). In 2013, Germany had the highest average age of all European countries. In comparison, the average age in Switzerland was 42 and in Turkey, it was 29 (Source: Eurostat 2016). 

Age Million (2013) % (2013) Million (2050) % (2050)
64+ 17.8 22% 23.7 33%
20-63 48.3 60% 36.7 51%
<20 14.7 18% 11.4 16%
Total 80.8 71.9
Median 45.1   50.9

Table 1: Population in Germany. Source: Destatis 2015, Destatis 2015 (projection).

The aging trend is not identical everywhere in German society. In former East Germany, almost every third person will be aged 64+ in 2030. In comparison, in former West Germany, 64+ reach a similar level only about thirty years later (Source: Destatis 2015). The Federal Statistical Office projects the German population to contract from 81.8 million people in 2015 to somewhere between 67.6 and 73.1 million by 2060, depending on migration (Source: Destatis 2015). The shrinking society is said to be Germany’s biggest growth-inhibiting problem. While it is commonly believed that the recent immigration of refugees will help to overcome the problem of the aging society, the Federal Statistical Office does not agree: The pace and the extent of the aging society can be reduced with refugees, but it cannot be stopped. (Source: Destatis 2016).


Innovations ready for breakthrough: Come to the AAL Forum 2016!

This years’ AAL Forum in St. Gallen will take place next week and there are many reasons why you should attend. The AAL Forum represents a good opportunity to meet and network with decision-makers, experts, researchers and developers, exponents from health, business and industry. In addition to expert presentations and workshops on the topic of healthy ageing, the Forums’ exhibition area will showcase age-friendly technologies currently under development or close to market introduction.