Interview with Ruth Finkelstein, associate director at the Robert N Butler Columbia Ageing Centre
Which countries or regions are most affected by an ageing workforce?
Ruth Finkelstein: Regions such as western Europe or Japan are often cited as experiencing a rapid increase in the proportion of older people in their population, and as a result their workforce, but this is actually a global phenomenon. Most countries in the world are right behind them, thanks to the success of public health and development. We need to recognise the changing age structure of the workforce and figure out how to maximise our quality of life, productivity and effectiveness within that context.