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POPULATION AGEING AND LIVING ARRANGEMENTS OF OLDER PERSONS:
CRITICAL ISSUES AND POLICY RESPONSES

United Nations Population Bulletin, Special Issue Nos. 42/43, 2001

Population ageing is expected to have a major impact on life in the twenty-first century. Concerned by the looming pension crisis, many Governments are promoting more self-reliance in income security for older persons and greater family responsibility for providing care. Consequently, patterns of care-giving and co-residence are emerging as pre-eminent issues related to the well-being of older persons.

To discuss the most pressing issues related to population ageing, living arrangements of older persons and possible Government responses, the Population Division organized a meeting of experts from 8-10 February 2000. Among the issues addressed were the historical and cultural contexts of population ageing and living arrangements, the social processes through which living arrangements of older persons influence the demand for formal and informal support systems and how governments respond to these perceived needs. The meeting also aimed to improve the knowledge base, identify priorities for future research and raise the long-term visibility of ageing-related issues.


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