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.

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.

—President Barack Obama, September 5, 2009

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, ...

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