The York University Magazine

Fall 2015

The alumni magazine of York University

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I THOUGHT I WAS IMMORTAL. That is, until my tooth cracked. Then my reading glasses weren't strong enough. Next came foot problems. The signs were irrefutable. I was aging, my chimeric immortality disappearing faster than a snow cone at the CNE. B U T I'M N OT A LO N E. There are lots of people just like me – in fact, all of humankind. In 2006, almost 500 million people worldwide were 65 and older. By 2030, that total is projected to skyrocket to one billion – that's one in every eight people. In 2050, the number of those 65 and older is expected to top out at about 1.5 billion. That will represent 16 per cent of the world's population. The planet will soon have more old people than children. New Agers Why being old shouldn't mean being forgotten BY MICHAEL TODD PHOTOGRAPHY BY MCKENZIE JAMES Fall 2015 The York University Magazine 12

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