Too Many Grandpas


A “grandfather boom” is rippling through the world’s population as it heads for the nine billion mark by 2050, putting pressure on health care and pension systems, international population experts will hear this week.

“In most Western countries, 2005 marks a new demographic shock: the grandfather boom will introduce a delicate balance between the working and non-working,” said Catherine Rollet, president of the organising committee of the conference of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP).

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