Ageing

Expert group meeting on population ageing and living arrangements of older persons: critical issues and policy responses

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

Overview

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.

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Expert group meeting on changing population age structures and sustainable development

Overview

The world population is experiencing a historical shift in its age distribution, from the mostly young age structures of the past, towards larger proportions of middle-aged and older persons in the present and future decades. This shift is driven by the demographic transition from high to lower levels of both fertility and mortality. The social and economic consequences of these changes vary greatly across regions and countries.

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