'This timely report by HelpAge International sets out to establish some of the key social and political issues affecting older people's lives. It marks the first documentation of this information and I feel sure that it will be an important contribution to the growing debate'
From the Foreword by Gro Harlem Brundtland, Director-General, World Health Organization
The world's population is ageing. The majority of older people live in the developing world, where unprecedented growth in the number of older people has major implications for economies, health systems, housing, working patterns and family relationships.
The Ageing and Development Report is the first extensive survey of the issues. Drawing on HelpAge International's long experience in over 60 countries, with contributions from world experts in the field, key themes such as community involvement, family life, health and well-being, poverty and exclusion, gender, migration and economic security are addressed. Case studies and statistics provide a comprehensive review of the condition of older people in the world's poorest countries.
The Report argues for a fundamental shift in policy and opinion on ageing to reflect the real economic and social contributions of older people and enable them to retain their independence. It will be essential reading for development policy makers and practitioners in governmental and non-governmental agencies, demographers and gerontologists.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Gro Harlem Brundtland * Part I: An Introduction to Ageing and Development - Development and the Rights of Older People * Poverty and Livelihoods in an Ageing World * Gender and Ageing * Reinforcing Capability: Informal Community-based Support Services for Older People in the Developing World * Ageing Health * Older People's Strategies in times of Social and Economic Transformation * Economic Security in Old Age: A Family-Government Partnership * Change, Family Life, Coping strategies and Seniors * Conflict, Humanitarian Assistance and Older People * Part II: The State of the World's Older People - The Situation of Older People in Latin America and the Caribbean * The Situation of Older People in Rural and Urban India * The Situation of Older People in Cambodia * The Situation of Older People in Tanzania * The Situation of Older People in Zimbabwe * The Situation of Older People in the Transitional Economies of Eastern and Central Europe * Part III: Ageing and Development Data - National Policies on Ageing and Older People: A Review of the Statues of Policies in 46 Countries * Taking Account of Older People in Developing Cooperation: A Review of the Statues of Ageing in Major Bilateral and Multilateral Aid Agencies * Facts, Figures and Trends in Ageing: Basic Data on Ageing and Development * Part IV: Reference Section - United Nations for Older Persons * HelpAge International * Acronyms and Abbreviations