On Take Care’s Reading List: Shock of Gray


An aging world is an increasingly dependent world. It will demand that a growing portion of our population devote their lives to the growing share of the people who need care.  —Ted C. Fishman

Have you seen all of the publicity surrounding this book? You might start to now. And if you’re contemplating whether or not to go out and purchase (or download the e-book) and want more of a preview, Sarasota Magazine expertly depicts how Ted C. Fishman arrived at the idea for writing this book, and delves into why it’s such an important book for our community to read. Our community of Sarasota is described and studied. Let us know what you think of the book, and visit our posting on the Take Care Facebook page.

Watch this video of Ted Fishman describing, in short, Shock of Gray.

Have you read Shock of Gray?

In the video, Fishman says,

“Sarasota is the oldest community in America with a population over 40,000. But it’s old because older people go there to rejuvenate themselves, to get active, to get engaged to build social networks. When you arrive as a 65 year old in Sarasota, you are a young person beginning a new stage of life.”

The quote from Fishman resonates with us at Take Care Private Duty Home Health Care as we make it our mission to help our older adults in this community continue in their active daily lives, promoting independence and wellness with in their own home settings.

From Simon & Schuster’s website:

The New York Times bestselling author of China, Inc. reports on the astounding economic and political ramifications of an aging world.

The world’s population is rapidly aging-by the year 2030, one billion people will be sixty-five or older. As the ratio of the old to the young grows ever larger, global aging has gone critical: For the first time in history, the number of people over age fifty will be greater than those under age seventeen. Few of us under­stand the resulting massive effects on economies, jobs, and families.

Everyone is touched by this issue-parents and children, rich and poor, retirees and workers-and now veteran jour­nalist Ted C. Fishman masterfully and movingly explains how our world is being altered in ways no one ever expected. What happens when too few young people must support older people? How do shrinking families cope with aging loved ones? What happens when countries need millions of young workers but lack them? How do compa­nies compete for young workers? Why, exactly, do they shed old workers? How are entire industries being both created and destroyed by demographic change? How do communities and countries remake themselves for ever-growing populations of older citizens? Who will suffer? Who will benefit?

With vivid and witty reporting from American cities and around the world, and through compelling interviews with families, employers, workers, economists, gerontologists, government officials, health-care professionals, corporate executives, and small business owners, Fishman reveals the astonishing and interconnected effects of global aging, and why nations, cultures, and crucial human relationships are changing in this timely, brilliant, and important read.

Buy the book at Simon & Schuster. Read more about the book here.

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