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

New York

08 February 2000 to 10 February 2000

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.

Proceedings of the meeting



 1. Opening of the meeting

  •  Forum on Critical Issues and Policy Responses to Population Ageing


2. Demographic and policy dimensions of population ageing and living arrangements of older persons

3. Living arrangements and well-being of older persons in the past

4. Living arrangements and family support

5. Adapting to rapid societal transformations

6. Poverty, health and living arrangements of older persons

7. Future research directions

8. Conclusions and closing of the formal sessions


Background papers