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By Ian Gillespie Cook, Jamie Halsall

This e-book examines the major getting older strategies in seven nations (United States, uk, Sweden, Japan, China, Nepal, and South Africa) and the most regulations which have been, and are being, constructed to accommodate this swift switch within the demographic profile. It addresses the issues which are pointed out in addition to the gains of getting older inside each one of those contrasting societies. hence it makes an important contribution to the main debates approximately getting older around the globe.

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Hensahall (1999, p. 2 in 1960). 6 in 1960). 5 in 1960)…. If both sexes are combined, Japan has the world’s highest overall longevity. Elderly people, usually defined as 65 or older, now account for 16 per cent of the population, as opposed to the 5 per cent mark typical for much of its modern history. , 2009, p. 139). Since then, as these authors note the Japanese Pension System as a whole has been hit by a major scandal of careless recording of pension records in the switch from hand-written records to a computer-based data system.

The older generation in particular has the potential to become divided because this generation may find it more problematic to make their own choices in health care. There is the added complication of economic factors whereby particular services will be priced out and as a consequence withdrawn. In view of these issues it will therefore be interesting to see if the big society will have any positive impact on the United Kingdom’s aging population. Chapter 4 Aging in Sweden Sweden is a small country of less than ten million, but one that has a relatively high international profile, being generally viewed, we suggest, as a prosperous and progressive nation, a perception that is based on its liberal views, neutrality, an advanced welfare system and a strong economy that has led to a high standard of living.

A major thrust of SDP vision of Swedish society was as a “People’s Home,” presented by then Prime Minister Per Albin Hansson in 1928. The SDP wanted to become a party for all, not just the working class; not surprisingly this led to accusations of betrayal and sellout by radical activists and critics, hence the SPF had a more radical stance while the PRO was associated with government, and therefore had a less critical perspective, focusing on positive change rather than critique of policy. Jonsson gives the fascinating example of the criticism of Swedish old-age homes presented by a famous Swedish author, Ivar Lo-Johansson in 1949 via radio reports, articles, and two books.

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