South Korea’s population is currently aging faster than any other developed nation in the world. According to a 2016 census, roughly 14 percent of the country’s population was made up of citizens over the age of 65, amounting to 6.8 million people.
And, as there’s increasing evidence about the health risks of loneliness, especially among the elderly, the South Korean government has come up with a creative solution to keep its old folk away from such afflictions — the disco! A daytime discotheque for over-65s in the Korean capital Seoul is giving its seniors a new lease of life. The dance parties in Seoul are the first events of their kind to be funded by the government in order to combat senior loneliness, isolation, and dementia in the rapidly ageing country.
Some seniors call it a playground, others say it is their medicine – or even better than medicine. If you want to see the old-timers get their groove back under the disco ball, look no further.