Aging around the world
Stories examining the politics and sociology of aging around the world, from Tucson to Beijing and Kenya to Brazil.
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More of us are living longer. By 2050, more than 1 in 5 of us will be over 60. Most of the world's older people live in developing countries. Yet definitions, expectations, and the problems of old age are changing rapidly.
"The World’s" Jane Little presents this in-depth examination of the politics, economics and sociology of aging, and gets a glimpse of what it really means to be old in different parts of the world.
Some women wear Prada and enjoy sensuous beauty treatments, while their contemporaries elsewhere bring up grandchildren orphaned by Aids. Little talks to some extraordinary people who give "old age" a new meaning. They include an 81-year-old Hungarian ballerina who now lives in the U.S.; a grandmother who cares for her granddaughter in a Kenyan slum; the founder of a combined day care center for children and their grandparents in Brazil; and three generations of women in Beijing who reveal surprising insights into Chinese family life.
A special collaboration between BBC World Service and PRI's "The World," "The Changing World" is a series of powerful documentaries, each of which takes a long look at a single global issue, from geo-political hegemony to world health concerns.