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.
Chapter 3: Retirement Income Policies
Retirement Income Policies
If you work hard your whole life, you ought to have every opportunity to retire with dignity and financial security. And as a nation, we ought to do all we can to ensure that folks have sensible, affordable options to save for retirement.
My parents and I were singers when I was growing up. … I sang opera and performed in theaters in Paris, Rome, and Amsterdam until age 35. I returned to Amsterdam, where I worked in two different jobs until I retired at age 65. I received a pension called AOW from Holland, but it's a small amount because I didn't work in Holland my whole working career. But I get three other pensions, ...