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Ageing, health and innovation : policy reforms to facilitate healthy and active ageing in OECD countries /

By: Taylor, Rebecca | International Longevity Centre UK
Publisher: London, U.K. International Longevity Centre 2011Description: PDFSubject(s): Older People Health Aspects - Cross-cultural Studies | Ageing Economic Aspects - Cross-cultural Studies | Demography | Ageing Government Policy | Innovations | Ageing | Demography | Cross-cultural Differences | Economic Development | Health | Retirement And AgeingOnline Resources: Electronic copy
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June 2011 Bibliography : p. 35-43

All OECD countries are experiencing unprecedented demographic change characterised by increasing longevity, a growing older population and falling birth rates. While significant differences remain between different OECD countries, the long term trends are similar and convergence looks likely to occur in the coming decades. These demographic changes are leading to a lower old age dependency ratio (the ratio of working age to non-working age people), which presents challenges for the social solidarity and long-term sustainability of health, social care and pensions systems. This paper outlines two philosophically different ways of approaching the challenge of demographic change. The first, which the paper calls the zero sum approach is to see it as a problem that requires today's working people to pay more and those drawing on social security systems to receive reduced benefits and to rely more on themselves. This approach risk intergenerational conflict as productive working people are asked to pay more to support the healthcare, social care and pensions of non-working people who may be perceived as having had an easier life.

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