Ageing in European Society
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Ageing populations are a global phenomenon. All industrialised and most industrialising countries show the same trend, which is made up of three factors:
Such changes are seen gradually in some countries and rapidly in others. However, the broad phenomenon of an ageing population is to be found all across Europe (Grundy and Harrop, 1992). Indeed, it may be said that it was in some European countries, most notably France, that ageing societies of the twentieth century first became evident (Stearns, 1977; de Jouvenal, 1988).
A growth in the proportion of people aged over 65 years;
An increase in absolute numbers of older people; and
Improvement of life expectancy at birth.
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© Richard Hugman 1994