ERIC Number: ED261324
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
International Trends and Perspectives: Aging. International Research Document No. 12.
Siegel, Jacob S.; Hoover, Sally L.
This report considers demographic conditions and prospects for the countries of the world with respect to aging. Particular attention is paid to the implications for health care. The information analyzed and presented in this report was obtained from the latest population projections published by the United Nations. The countries are generally classified into the More Developed Regions and the Less Developed Regions and into eight component regions of the world. Following an introduction, basic demographic trends are examined in the areas of numbers, proportions, and age composition of the elderly; balance of the sexes; societal age-dependency patterns; and population distribution. In a section on morbidity and mortality, trends in mortality and life expectancy are discussed, personal factors in longevity are considered, and information on morbidity and functional limitations is presented. In a third section, socioeconomic characteristics and factors in mortality are examined, including the social factors of marital status, living arrangements, familial dependency and multigenerational families, and the size of family and longevity. Other socioeconomic factors considered include economic development and per capita gross national product or income, socioeconomic differentials, economic activity and dependency, physical factors, and health personnel. The report concludes with a discussion of some general implications for health care of the elderly. Seven figures and 21 data tables are distributed throughout the text. (NRB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of the Census (DOC), Suitland, MD.