The Berlin Institute state in their latest study on European regional development about Switzerland*: “Six of Switzerland’s seven regions are ranked among Europe’s ten best. All these regions are typified by relatively stable demographic structures as well as by high aggregate value added, good education levels, and impressive employment levels — also for older persons.”
Older people are an asset for economic development as much as for social capital. I am sure that many more studies in the future will mention the older population and its value, not only in economic terms. This will be the beginning of a systematic reappraisal of older age.
*Download an English summary from the web here.
— Christa Monkhouse