The 21st Century will be both the century of Asia and of ageing. And the two trends will coalesce in Southeast Asia over the coming decades. Old age in most parts of Southeast Asia is still predominantly defined by frailty and dependency, and less by structured retirement, though this is changing. As a result, the two main concerns are health and care, still predominantly carried out by families, and economic support, only a small proportion of which is in the form of a pension.
Age International's flagship publication 'Facing the facts: the truth about ageing and development' brings together 25 high profile thought leaders, development experts and academics to discuss the impact of an ageing world on international development. For development to succeed, it is crucial that we leave no one behind.