With the Baby Boomer generation dominating a growing, aging demographic within society, retirees and pensioners are facing common challenges in democratic countries throughout the world.
Pensions are not keeping up with the cost of living. Medical and drug benefits are not keeping pace with the exorbitant costs of staying healthy as we age.
Pensioner poverty is a growing problem. In order to cope with dwindling pensions and insufficient health coverage, pensioners and retirees are now banding together in some countries to create Pensioner Parties. In other countries they create powerful lobbies that urge political parties to address the interests of retirees. In Israel, Slovenia, Croatia, Luxemburg and other countries Pensioners are trying to harness power in Parliament. Retirees have long been the “easy target” for budget cuts, trimming and eroding pensions and other benefits. That is because they do not usually have the energy or will to generate political power to keep what they have earned through a lifetime of work.
Now, Retirees are taking their political and social destiny into their hands. Pensioner parties are leveraging their power in coalition governments to ensure retirees are protected, compensated, and valued as equal members of society.
We see Retiree activists take the government to court, fighting for greater compensation for Survivors. We profile Retiree volunteers giving their time, and love, to isolated Survivors fighting off punishing loneliness.
In Pensioner Power, we examine the phenomenon of the Pensioner Party. Does it succeed in keeping or increasing pensioners? Do the pensioner parties ensure health benefits? Do they improve the quality of life of Pensioners?
The results are mixed but there is no question Pensioner Parties are a new force for social change making an impact.
We compare the Pensioner Parties to the powerful associations like the CARP in Canada and the AARP in the United States. Are associations better, or do Pensioner Parties deliver better results for retirees? The answers vary with the political system and culture of various countries.
VisionTV presented Pensioner Power on Monday, October 5, 2015 at 10pm ET/7 PT as a highlight of our special programming around National Seniors’ Day, Oct. 1, 2015.
About the Producer/Director
Martin Himel is a Television host, director, and correspondent who has produced television series, documentaries, and news coverage for major American, Canadian and European broadcasters. Himel’s documentaries and reports have exposed major issues throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and the Americas… Read more on Martin here.
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