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ERIC Number: ED423403
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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ISBN: N/A
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An Active Old Age--Senior Citizens in Germany.
Metzler, Birgit
Basis-Info, n13 1998
Life expectancies are rising all over the world, leading to higher proportions of older adults in the population. This is especially true in Japan and Germany. In Germany today, "old" no longer means necessarily "poor and frail." Through volunteer work, lifelong learning, study tours, and participation in sports, older Germans are changing the autumn of their lives into a long "summer." This phenomenon has come about because the senior citizens of today have more money and education and better health than seniors of earlier generations. Good government policy encourages seniors to lead active lives, because such lifestyles promote good health and relieve the tax burden of supporting frail old age. It is doubtful whether the next generation will have as much money and leisure time, with wider unemployment and fewer pensions, but they will be well educated and therefore should also be able to prolong the "summer" of their lives. (KC)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Inter Nationes, Bonn (Germany).
Identifiers - Location: Germany