I agree - we need to be on a war footing, but the parties at the helm at the moment are more interested in short-term political gain by waging ‘real wars’ (as they think). The deleterious social effects of this problem will be enormous - but that’s someone else’s problem in the future, isn’t it?
The “Dependency Ratio” in Australia in 1950 was 13% ie, there were nearly 8 people working for every dependent. By 2020, the ratio will be 25% ie there will only be 4 people working for every dependent. By 2100, there will only be ONE person working for every dependent. These figures are even worse than they seem though - the elderly with dementia will need a LOT more looking after than previous generations of elderly. The amount of money spent on research to deal with this problem is stupidly pitiful. The ONLY real solution to surviving this crisis is to effectively deal with preventing the problem of increasing dependency and dementia and that means dealing with the problem of ageing decrepitude itself. Australia’s economy should be put on a “war footing” and huge amounts of resources need to be allocated to successfully wage this war on ageing and it’s disastrous effects for the rest of this century. There are some bright spots so not all is completely doom and gloom but MUCH more needs to be done and I don’t think the current major parties are up to the task.