Older people, pensions and development

Peter Lloyd-Sherlock

in Population ageing and international development

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9781847421920
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303022 | DOI:
Older people, pensions and development

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Most discussion about the effects of development on older people is heavily generalised and tends towards a negative and gloomy set of predictions. Since a simplified life-stage approach to exploring these effects — comparing populations aged 60 or over to other age groups at a fixed point in time — is rather limited and least helpful, this chapter develops a more refined and dynamic framework based on the concepts of lifecourse, cohort and generation. The remaining part of the chapter focuses on how development affects economic status in later life, before turning to other aspects of wellbeing. Throughout the discussion, particular attention is paid to whether development encourages positive and active experiences of old age, or whether it promotes deprivation and dependency.

Keywords: development; lifecourse; cohort; generation; dependency; later life; wellbeing

Chapter.  11990 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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