Category Archives: International Perspective

International Perspective: Aging in Canada, Mexico, and Japan

It’s always interesting and instructive to learn how other countries are dealing with their aging populations. Here’s a collection of articles about: Canada – “Boom, Bust, and Economic Headaches” Mexico – “An Aging Population with Limited Services” Japan – “Japan’s Bold … Continue reading

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International Perspective: Japan Is Changing How We’ll Grow Old

“Japan is on a demographic collision course with an aging population and a declining birth rate. But around the country experiments are under way that may turn the burdens into benefits.” This post contains a 360 degree video. It’s shot … Continue reading

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Three Marines Return to Cuba for a Special Task

“Around noon on Jan. 4, 1961, after spending hours feeding mounds of government documents into an incinerator, three American Marines assigned to the embassy guard force in Havana turned their attention to a solemn task: lowering the American flag. . … Continue reading

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International Perspective: Trouble for Pensions in Greece

Greece’s economic woes have been in the news quite a lot recently. “As it confronts creditors over its huge debts and how best to recover from a still-crippling downturn . . . Greece’s big creditors — other eurozone countries, the … Continue reading

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International Perspective: The Babayagas’ House

France: “It’s been 15 years in the making but the Babayagas’ House, a name taken from Slavic mythology meaning ‘witch,’ has just been inaugurated in Montreuil, on the east side of Paris. It’s a self-managed social housing project devised and … Continue reading

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International Perspective: Reviving Pakistani Classical Music

­ “In his home in Lahore, Pakistan, Saleem Khan holds up his late father’s violin. There are no strings, the wood is scratched and the bridge is missing. ‘There was a time when people used to come to Lahore from … Continue reading

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International Perspective: In England, Sales of Motorbikes Soar Among Women Over 60

“‘I remember waiting to board a ferry in Southampton in July last summer,’ says Christine. ‘I spotted a petite elderly woman on a huge Harley Davidson bike in front of mine with a sticker across the back that said: “I’m … Continue reading

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Similar Inspiring Intergenerational Housing Programs in The Netherlands and Cleveland, OH

The Netherlands: “Six Dutch students have chosen to live in a yellow-brick home in Deventer in the eastern Netherlands as part of a unique project that benefits everyone. The university students pay no rent and in exchange spend at least … Continue reading

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International Perspective: Co-Housing in Europe

­ Twenty-something architects María García Mendez and Gonzalo Navarrete in Spain envision a different way of living: “It’s like up-cycling the neighborhood — connecting existing resources to make them work,” García explains. ” For example, all this workforce that’s unemployed, … Continue reading

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International Perspective: China’s Aging Population Crisis

From NPR: “A decade from now, about 2025, experts predict that China’s population will peak — reaching as high as 1.4 billion — and begin to steadily decline. Some of them are predicting that a shrinking, aging population could lead … Continue reading

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