Abstract Extremely Rapid Process of Population Aging

1 Introduction

Populations are aging with changes in family structure and living arrangements of the elderly in most countries, resulting from lower fertility, higher mobility, changing attitudes about family structure and function, and increasing life expectancy, especially mortality declines in later life. The population of China, which consists of more than two-fifth of the world total, is aging at an extraordinarily rapid speed. There are important interactions among population aging, changes in family structure and living arrangements of the elderly, and long-term care service needs. Such interactions are directly related to community and family support systems, and public policies. This paper reviews the extremely rapid aging and the current status and trends in family structure and living arrangements of elderly in China. Some policy recommendations will also be proposed based on our analysis.

 

Abstract Extremely Rapid Process of Population Aging

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Family Dynamics of 63 Million (in 1990) to more than 330 Million (in 2050) Elders in China
Zeng Yi, Linda George
© 2000 Max-Planck-Gesellschaft ISSN 1435-9871
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