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Investing in an Ageing World: Shifting Debates from Costs to Investments

Source: HelpAge International, 2017
Our world is ageing and, in some countries and regions, rapidly. The fact that people now live longer, in better health, and generally in better conditions than ever before is a remarkable success story. But what opportunities and challenges does this bring? This report brings together new work that re-conceptualizes the “costs” of ageing. It aims to shift the debate from one that is narrowly defined by financing and expenditure to one that focuses on social investment and long term planning, in short, arguing for more of a positive approach.

AgeNews No. 21: Income Security, Universal Pension Schemes and Regional Collaborations

Source: HelpAge Asia Pacific, April 2017
In this issue of AgeNews, a recently launched report on income security discusses differences in Bangladesh, Nepal, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. There is also an article by author Charles Knox-Vydmanov, Social Protection Policy Adviser of HelpAge International. For this issue, Professor Dr Bazlul Haque Khondker was interviewed, an economics expert with a wealth of knowledge on social pensions and population ageing in South Asia.

How to Fill the Working-Age Population Gap in Asia: A Population Accounting Approach

Source: Asian Development Bank, November 2016
The world faces growing challenges of aging populations. Asia is no exception with rapidly increasing life expectancies and falling fertility rates. To help policy makers address these issues, this paper examines three socio-policy options: (i) extending the retirement age, (ii) augmenting labor migration within the region, and (iii) through using population accounting methodology with the goal of increasing fertility rates.

The Aging Readiness and Competitiveness Report 2017

Source: AARP, 2017
The world is aging at an unprecedented pace. In the coming decades, large and small, industrialized and developing countries alike, with few exceptions, will experience a rapid growth in the proportion of their populations age 65 or older, driven by longer lifespans and declining birthrates. With this looming demographic transformation, a healthier, more productive, and more engaged older population is essential to building a prosperous and sustainable future. As such, a rethinking of the role of older adults in our communities and economies is imperative.

Active Ageing Index 2014: Analytical Report

Source: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and European Commission, April 2015
This report provides a detailed analysis of the latest 2014 AAI, which facilitates comparison of active ageing experiences and potentials across 28 European Union (EU) Member States for the data year 2012. By looking separately at men and women, it also indicates what progress could be achieved simply by closing gender gaps. The in- depth analysis of the constituent parts of the AAI and its four domains helps to explore what forms of active ageing potentials of older people have yet to be realized.