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Japan : Ageing and Employment Policies

Japan : Ageing and Employment Policies

In the face of rapid population ageing and the trend towards early retirement, there is a need to promote better employment opportunities for older people. Much has been said about the need for reform of old-age pensions and early retirement schemes but this may not be sufficient to raise employment rates for older people significantly or to reduce the future[Read More…]

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INDIA: Population growth of Senior Citizens

INDIA: Population growth of Senior Citizens

The National Policy of Older Persons of 1999 outlined the fact that improved life expectancy has contributed to an increase in the number of persons 60+ from only 12 million persons in India in 1901, the number crossed 20 million in 1951 and 57 million in 1991. Population projections for 1996-2016 indicate that the 100 million mark is expected to[Read More…]

Australia : The 50-somethings are reshaping the labour market

The 50-somethings are reshaping the labour market. Over the past decade, ageing baby boomers in the over-55 year age bracket have increased their share of the workforce from 8 per cent to 11.5 per cent, with their job growth in some years topping 10 per cent, an Age/Sydney Morning Herald study has found. The employment forecast has found that there are now[Read More…]

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Japan’s ageing population rich opportunity for West

Japan’s elderly population is getting even older, reveals a new government report that shows the number of people living over the age of 100 has doubled in the last five years. Centenarians in Japan now number more than 20,000, the government said this week. The Cabinet white paper also reported that the number of men aged over 65 has surpassed[Read More…]

India : the old country

India : the old country

India is a land where age and wisdom are traditionally respected. But improved longevity is challenging age old assumptions, says Prodeepta Das. How old is old ? In the western world, improved health and longevity have changed the definition of what it means to be elderly. Does India live up to its old traditions ? The revered sage Manu spoke of life[Read More…]

Japan : Retail industries target Seniors

Japan : Retail industries target Seniors

After three decades in Japan, convenience stores are beginning to show their age. Or at least cater to age. The stores are stepping up efforts to attract more middle-aged and elderly customers by introducing barrier-free shopping and products designed specifically for them. Seven-Eleven Japan Co., the leading chain operator, started opening barrier-free outlets in May that feature floor space of[Read More…]

Singapore : Elderly Dumped In Nursing Homes

Aged parents should be placed in nursing homes only as ‘last resort’ as they have better quality of life staying with family, says Balaji ; People are placing their elderly parents in nursing homes so readily that it is getting the Government concerned about the effects of such a decision. Nursing homes should be a ‘measure of last resort’, said[Read More…]