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By National Research Council, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Committee on National Statistics, Committee on Population, Panel on a Research Agenda and New Data for an Agin

Getting older is a approach that encompasses almost all points of lifestyles. as the pace of inhabitants getting older is accelerating, and as the info had to examine the getting older method are complicated and dear to procure, it really is important that nations coordinate their examine efforts to harvest the main merits from this crucial details. "Preparing for an getting older international" seems to be on the behavioral and socioeconomic elements of getting older, and specializes in paintings, retirement, and pensions; wealth and discounts habit; health and wellbeing and incapacity; intergenerational transfers; and ideas of wellbeing and fitness. It makes concepts for a set of recent, cross-national facts on getting older populations - facts that might permit international locations to advance guidelines and courses for addressing the key shifts in inhabitants age constitution now taking place. those efforts, if made the world over, could improve our realizing of the getting older technique world wide.

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The mix of transfer programs and their salience varies considerably between the more and less developed economies and within each group as well. This variation in approaches, incentives, and reactions to new programs and societal changes provides a continuum of experi- 12 PREPARING FOR AN AGING WORLD ence whose study can greatly illuminate understanding of the dynamics of each system and the interrelationships across systems. The Health of Aging Populations Health plays an important role in the social outcomes associated with the other substantive research areas discussed in this report: retirement, wealth accumulation, transfer systems, and well-being.

Not long ago, the stereotypical view of individual aging was one of overall decline and certain inevitable outcomes: cessation of work, increasing disability, deteriorating social networks, and often a descent into poverty. We now know, however, that no single formula describes old age and that older individuals are as heterogeneous as younger ones along many dimensions. , 1999). One policy challenge is to recast aging populations as a natural resource rather than a societal drain, and to exploit opportunities to use these growing reservoirs of human capital.

This simple dichotomy ignores the fact that while levels of elderly-child coresidence are much lower in the West than elsewhere, considerable contact, exchange, and personal care assistance takes place between parents and children. Similarly, variations in the cost of public pension systems and in labor force participation rates across industrialized nations often go unmentioned in sweeping pronouncements about the implications of aging for social security coffers. One penetrating and powerful example of cross-national research suggests that the trend toward early retirement in industrialized nations may have been induced in part by public pension systems themselves (Gruber and Wise, 1999).

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