The Policy Challenges of Population Ageing
This paper first questions the universal process whereby what should be welcome demographic change leading to societal ageing has been transformed into a crisis of the welfare state. It then focuses on five key policy challenges -- ensuring economic security in old age; maintaining inter-generational solidarity; combating age discrimination; providing long term care in the context of changes in the family and residence patterns; and ensuring that older people experience full citizenship and are not socially excluded -- from a European perspective. Finally, it sets out a new policy direction, a strategy for active ageing.
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