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International Handbook of Population Aging

Uhlenberg, Peter (Ed.)

2009, XI, 769 p.

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  • Offers comprehensive coverage of population aging issues
  • Features coverage that is international in scope
  • Includes contributors who are outstanding researchers from multiple disciplinary backgrounds
  • Presents state-of-the-art reviews of major topics with attention to much-needed research

The International Handbook of Population Aging is the first comprehensive volume to examine research on a wide array of the profound implications of population aging. Global population aging is one of the most important issues facing human societies in the early twenty-first century. Population projections show that the proportion of the world’s population over age 60 will double between 2000 and 2050, and that about one-third of the people living in developed countries will be over age 60 in 2050. Already there are countries in Europe and Asia where the number of people over age 60 exceed the number of children, and by 2050 some of these countries will have twice as many old people as children. As noted by the 2002 UN World Assembly on Ageing Report, this global trend in population aging is unprecedented in human history, is pervasive across societies, is enduring (there is no going back to younger populations), and has profound implications for human beings.


"An essential reference work."

Glen H. Elder, Jr., Research Professor, Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

"An absolutely essential reading. The rich fare this volume offers has no match or even close competitor in the professional literature."

Paul Demeny, Distinguished Scholar, Population Council Editor, Population and Development Review

"Exemplary in regard to the range of countries it covers and in focusing on many questions." Karl Ulrich Mayer, Stanley B. Resor Professor of Sociology, Yale University

"An impressive volume, showing the ageing populations around the globe through the lens of some of the best demographic observers."

Martin Kohli, Professor of Sociology, Department of Social and Political Sciences, European University Institute


This is the first handbook to appear in the International Handbooks of Population series, edited by Dudley Poston Jr., Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA. Future handbooks in this series will focus on Mortality, Poverty Populations, Migration, Race and Ethnic Demography and more.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Ageing - Aging populations - Demography - Gerontology - Global Aging - Nation - Population Aging - Population Studies - age - aging - gender

Related subjects » Family & Geriatric Medicine - Population Studies - Social Sciences

Table of contents 

Introduction: Peter Uhlenberg.-I. Overview: 1. Why populations age: Joshua Goldstein .- 2. Data sources for studying aging Markus H. Schafer & Kenneth F. Ferraro.- 3. Global Population Aging: History and Prospects Donald T. Rowland.- II. Aging Populations: 4. Population Ageing in Italy and Southern Europe: Cecilia Tomassini & Giovanni Lamura.- 5. Demography of Aging in the Nordic Countries Gerdt Sundstrom.- 6. Rapidly Aging Populations: Russia/Eastern Europe Natalia Gavrilova & Leonid A. Gavrilov,- 7. Rapid Population Aging and Changing Intergenerational Transfers in Japan Naohiro Ogawa, Rikiya Matsukura & Maliki. - 8. Population Aging in China Feinian Chen & Guangya Liu.- 9. Population Aging in the Koreas Dudley L. Poston, Jr. and Mary Ann Davis.-10. Population Aging in Canada and the United States Tracey LaPierre & Mary Elizabeth Hughes.- 11. Aging in Mexico and Latin America Rebeca Wong & Alberto Palloni.- 12. Aging in West Africa Isabella Aboderin.- 13. Demography of Aging in Arab Countries Kathryn M. Yount & Abla Sibai,- III. Migration and Aging: 14. Geographic Mobility and Aging in Place Don E. Bradley & Charles F. Longino,- 15.International Retirement Migration Tony Warnes. - 16. Immigrants and Aging Judith Treas & Jeane Batalova.- 17. Replacement Migration Charles B. Keely.- IV. Population Aging and Economic Issues: 18. Public pension programs – Social Security Diane M. Watts-Roy & John B. Williamson.- 19. Private pensions in International Perspective Angela M. O’Rand, Donald Ebel & Katelin Isaacs.- 20. Employment at Older Ages Sara E. Rix.- 21. Population Retirement Patterns David J. Ekerdt.- 22. Income Inequality in Later Life Melissa Hardy.- V. Population Aging, Longevity, and Health: 23. Mortality Patterns in Late Life Robert A. Hummer et al.- 24. Active Life Expectancy: A Central Measure of Population Health Sarah B. Laditka & James N. Laditka.- 25. Demography of Disability Scott M. Lynch, J.Scott Brown & Miles G. Taylor.- 26. Social Class, Health and Longevity Pamela Herd.- VI. Health Care and Aging: 27. Population Aging and Health Care Policy in Cross-National Perspective Stephen Crystal & Michele J. Siegel.- 28. Health Care Expenditures Edward C. Norton & Sally C. Stearns.- 29 Demography of Informal Caregiving Emily Agree & Karen Glaser.- VII. Population Aging and Social Relationships: 30. Childless Old Age Pearl A. Dykstra.- 31. Marital History and Well-Being in Later Life Linda J. Waite.- 32. Gender, Aging, and Widowhood Deborah Carr & Susan Bodnar-Deren.- VIII. Future of Aging: 36. Future of Human Longevity S. Jay Olshansky & Bruce A. Carnes.- 37. Experience, Social Structure and Later Life: Meaning and Old Age in an Aging Society Dale Dannefer & Robin Shura

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