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Aging in the Americas into the XXI century
Washington, D.C., Washington, DC : United States, Bureau of the Census, International Program Center;National Institute on Aging;Pan American Health Organization;World Health Organization, 1998, 17 p.

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Vital statistics
North America
South America
Central America
Caribbean
Demographic aging
Population pyramids
Life expectancy
Widowhood
Mortality
Aged 80 and over
Women
Projection
Statistics


Résumé :

As we approach the 21st century, continued worldwide trends toward lower fertility and extended life expectancy have elevated the phenomenon of population aging to a level of prominence never before seen. Population aging usually has been associated with the more industrialized countries of Europe and North America, where a fifth or more of the entire population typically is aged 60 or over. What is not as widely appreciated is the fact that population aging has occurred and is occurring in less industrialized countries as well. Uruguay, for example, currently has a higher percentage of older (60+) population than does Canada and the United States. Outside of Europe and North America, the Caribbean is the "oldest" region of the world, with 10 percent of its aggregate population aged 60 years and over.In spite of such figures, population aging has not been a prominent issue in much of the Western Hemisphere. Concern in most nations has focused on reducing levels of educational and employment opportunities for growing numbers of young adults. As a result of successes in these areas, however, the region now faces new challenges stemming from a rapidly changing population age structure. Some nations already have experienced intense public debates over issuesƒthe nature and provision of social security; health care costs; appropriate levels of educational investmentƒthat are directly linked to their changing demographic and health profiles.

Illustrations : graph.
Language : Anglais
Book type : STATS
Doc n° : 18197
NumRec : 1819703
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