Title

Population ageing and the need for research on ageing: Correcting a misconception

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

4-2016

Abstract

Surveys focusing on older persons tend be carried out where population ageing is most advanced. The misconception that countries where the share of the population in older ages is modest need not be concerned with issues related to older persons is seriously misguided. In Asia, countries with the lowest proportion of the population in older ages and most modest projected increases in this proportion will nevertheless tend to experience greater proportionate increases in the absolute number of older persons than those with more rapid population ageing. Focusing only on population ageing and ignoring increases in the size of the older population is short sighted. In many cases, the burgeoning numbers of older persons will pose major challenges to the health, welfare and other support systems even if their share of the total population remains modest.

Keywords

Population aging, Asia

Discipline

Gerontology | Sociology

Research Areas

Sociology

Publication

Population Horizons

Volume

12

Issue

2

First Page

4

Last Page

6

ISSN

1746-1081

Identifier

10.1515/pophzn-2015-0014

Publisher

University of Oxford

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1515/pophzn-2015-0014

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