This is the second article in a series exploring how nations are beginning to manage demographic change. In the first article, we talked about the increasing burden that elder care places on healthcare systems worldwide. In this article, we focus on Sweden. Swedes have for many decades enjoyed long lifespans, with average life expectancy for women at eighty four years and for men eighty years. Life expectancy is expected to keep rising in Sweden, to eighty nine years for women and eighty seven years for men between now and 2060. If population trends continue, the Swedish population pyramid will look less like a pyramid and more like a cylinder by 2050.
Sweden is now designing new approaches to accommodate the growing population of elders. One approach uses mobile teams to fill gaps in elder care.
Originally Published on Forbes (April 10, 2018)