Our population is aging. What will we do about it?

Due to population explosion and a global increase in average life expectancies, an unprecedentedly high percentage of the world's population is aging. By the middle of this century there will be up to 2 billion individuals over the age of 65, a demographic shift never before experienced in our human history. In addition, declining birth rates in industrialized countries means a decrease in the number of adults under 64. In Aging Social Policies: An International Perspective the authors consider how policy–domestic and international–affects and will continue to affect the lives of our aging population.

Aging Societies: The Setting for Aging Social Policy

Aging societies: The setting for aging social policy

The world stands on the threshold of a demographic revolution with few parallels in humanity's past. It's called global aging, and in the coming decades it will subject nations around the world to extraordinary economic, social, and political challenges.

—Center for Strategic and International Studies

I am a dressmaker, and I always worked at home. My husband who worked in a factory nearby died 6 years ago, and now I get his pension, [as] I haven't got my own pension. I have one son who lives in the flat above mine and one daughter who lives 2 km away. [My] small pension is not a lot, but I do not have great ...

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