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European Journal of Population

, Volume 30, Issue 4, pp 465–467 | Cite as

Costantinos Phellas (ed): Aging in European Societies. Healthy Aging in Europe

Springer, New York, pp. 285
  • Graziella Caselli
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Population ageing involves every aspect of the individual, family and collective life, including the perception and the “value” of the elderly (which is inevitably devalued as a result of their number and the speed of changes in production and technology which easily makes them “obsolete”). The current demographic aging is certainly unprecedented in the history of humanity. It is a process that, sooner or later, will spread throughout the world. It involves all social classes and acts on all sub-populations (the school population, the labor force, the old and oldest-old populations). Ageing modifies family structures and every dimensions of human life. For Europe it is a rapid, irreversible process as individuals are living longer and longer, and there are fewer and fewer children (a low number of children per woman and fewer women in reproductive ages). Demographic aging in Europe is accompanied by a slow population decrease, which is counter-acted by a still high number of young...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Rome “La Sapienza”RomeItaly

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