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Christine Stephens, Vanessa Burholt & Norah Keating

In: The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection

Chapter 40: Collecting Qualitative Data with Older People

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Collecting Qualitative Data with Older People
Collecting Qualitative Data with Older People
Christine StephensVanessa BurholtNorah Keating
Introduction

The world's population is now ageing at an unprecedented rate. Owing to declining fertility and improved longevity it is predicted that by 2020, older people will outnumber children for the first time in history (Kinsella and Wan, 2009). According to the World Health Organization (WHO, 2015) between 2000 and 2050, the proportion of the world's population aged over 60 years will double from about 11 per cent to 22 per cent. Essentially, this is an increase from 605 million people to 2 billion people aged over 60 years. This important demographic shift is positive for older people, but also presents challenges for policymakers. Many of the challenges to health and ...

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