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.

Housing Policies

Housing policies

With the number of Americans over the age of 65 expected to more than double from 40 million to 81 million by 2040, it is paramount that policymakers, program managers, and researchers work to maintain and create housing options and communities that meet the needs of older adults and facilitate aging in place.

—AARP, Strategies to Meet the Housing Needs of Older Adults, n.d., p. 1

There is a very limited option for older adults housing in my locality. I am considering to move out of the house after my son marries, as the present area of my house is small. I may go in the vicinity of my native place, where I have some acquaintance.

—Mr. S., age 63, Mumbai, India

Comparisons of older people's ...

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