Global perspectives on ageing reveal mix of attitudes and approaches

Published Mar 10th 2014

A new Pew Research Center survey has found an interesting mix of attitudes and approaches to the world’s ageing population.  Concern is highest in East Asia, which is likely due to the expectation for a majority of the populations in Japan and South Korea to be older than 50 by 2050.  In countries such as Indonesia and Egypt, where the proportion of older people in the population is relatively moderate and expected to remain so in the future, concern is much lower.  The United States is largely unworried about the effects of an ageing population and is “one of very few countries where a large plurality of the public believes individuals are primarily responsible for their own well-being in old age.”  How does your country compare?

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