By 2017, for the first time in recorded human history, the number of people over 65 will outnumber those under 5 years old.
This is the "Global X" crossing point forecasted by United Nations population agencies and many independent experts.
Writing in the Discover magazine in October, Jeff Wheelwright warned of a "grey tsunami" that could inundate the world's healthcare systems and "sweep away today's social, political, and economic norms". We are already seeing signs of this in several European countries and the United States.
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