By J.F. Doling, Dr. Tony Maltby, Professor Catherine Jones-Finer, John Doling, Tony, Dr Maltby, Catherine, Professor Jones Finer

The implications of inhabitants getting old have lengthy involved politicians, coverage makers and governmental and non-governmental agencies within the welfare states of Europe. notwithstanding, an getting older group is more and more an issue of shock for the constructed and fast-developing nations of Asia. Japan leads the sector during this recognize as a result of the rate of its postwar financial improvement. however the little tigers of Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan are poised to capture up, and Malaysia, notwithstanding within the moment tier of constructing Asian economics, faces the chance of inhabitants getting older enough to daunt an as but under-prepared infrastructure for previous age support.

This publication is the 1st to ascertain intimately the reports and clients of inhabitants growing older in these Asian nations with the top GDP in step with capita. The authors pose the query to what volume Asia and 'old Europe' can research from one another when it comes to coverage making plans. the 1st component to the publication units out the sector when it comes to the demographic features and coverage predicaments of eu and Asian nations. the second one part provides case-studies of six international locations: Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Malaysia.

The ebook will tremendously curiosity lecturers, postgraduates and execs in gerontology, social coverage, comparative social coverage, public coverage, political economic system, sociology, social paintings and social security.

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Also important in the case of Malaysia are the significant changes taking place in family structures and relationships. Here, most significant are the tendencies whereby 'smaller family size and a preference for nuclear families are replacing the extended family structure and larger families' (Ong Fon Sim 2002: 115). The shift towards smaller families is partly a function of lower fertility rates, with more women choosing to have none or few children than had hitherto been the norm. This trend is particularly pronounced in the Chinese sections of the population, considerably less so in the Malay.

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Gives pension entitlements under the first-pillar system, and that pensions rights are individualized. , and allow for gradual retirement. AGE welcomes the target enshrined in the Lisbon Strategy of increasing the EU-wide employment rate for older workers (55-64) to 50 per cent, and calls for a wide range of enabling measures to make this a reality. All the above are clearly eminently desirable aims, but to some may seem unachievable in the present economic climate. Nevertheless, they are stated as a desirable aim: as something worth campaigning for and working towards.

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