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.

Family Caregiving Policies

Family caregiving policies

The family in Italy still plays a dominant role in the life of old people … [and] thereby becomes the most important element to the quality of life for old people … and largely ensures assistance to non-self-sufficient old people in Italy.

—Hon. Roberto Maroni, Italian Minister of Labour and Social Policies

I am aware of support services as far as it affected me with [taking care of] my mother [who lived with us for 20 years]. The last period of my mother's life—she was very, very old—the last 2 years in particular. I can remember one day I was absolutely desperate, and I telephoned the local social services at the town hall, and I said, “Look, I don't need any financial ...

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