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The future of greying Europe: Conclusion
Social Sciences, VU University Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2013 (English)In: Old age in Europe: A textbook of gerontology / [ed] Komp, K., & Aartsen, M., Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, 2013, 131-136 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Although Europe’s population is greying, the future of Europe does not look grey. What can be learned from this book is that old age is not necessarily characterized by frailty and decline, but instead can be a time of self-fulfillment, activity, and social participation. Moreover, we now know that population ageing does not need to threaten extant social and welfare state-related institutions, but instead opens up potentials for restructuring and reinvention. Life expectancy is longer than ever before and living conditions that enhance healthy ageing have very much improved. New technologies and Information and Communication Technologies may assist older people to stay in their homes longer. The growing possibilities to reach a good old age may have given rise to what is sometimes called ‘a silver economy’: an economy with all kinds of new products and services, particularly aimed at the growing share of healthy and wealthy senior citizens. The greying of Europe might, thus, ultimately lead us into a bright and colourful future.

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Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, 2013. 131-136 p.
, SpringerBriefs in Aging, ISSN 2211-3231
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-73202DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-6134-6_1ISBN: 978-94-007-6134-6 (Online)ISBN: 978-94-007-6133-9 (Print)OAI: diva2:630329
Available from: 2013-06-18 Created: 2013-06-18 Last updated: 2014-01-15Bibliographically approved

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