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 Social Policy Challenges

Aging social policy challenges

We have realized that the time has come for us to move forward from debating the numbers surrounding global aging—to developing policies to deal with the impact on the future security and dignity of our citizens, particularly in their later years. … We have been compelled to answer difficult questions such as “What sort of social contract does our government hold with our citizens?”

—Erik Olsen, president, AARP board member (2007)

How do I feel about growing older? This is a million Swiss Francs question. Aging is not that nice, before [I was] 70, I was okay and then I started to think that I had only few years left to live. I guess what really scares me is thinking ...

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