Aging is a process that encompasses virtually all aspects of life. Because the speed of population aging is accelerating, and because the data needed to study the aging process are complex and expensive to obtain, it is imperative that countries coordinate their research efforts to reap the most benefits from this important information.
Preparing for an Aging World looks at the behavioral and socioeconomic aspects of aging, and focuses on work, retirement, and pensions; wealth and savings behavior; health and disability; intergenerational transfers; and concepts of well-being. It makes recommendations for a collection of new, cross-national data on aging populations data that will allow nations to develop policies and programs for addressing the major shifts in population age structure now occurring. These efforts, if made internationally, would advance our understanding of the aging process around the world.
"Despite the very broad range of inputs, the volume is remarkably coherent. The reviews of extant knowledge on current behavior, policy instruments and their known effects for the first three substantive domains, are excellent, both concise and up-to-date. ... There is no question that if the research agenda set out in this volume with its associated data advances were implemented, the knowledge basis for policy decisions in the research domains would be greatly enriched. ... The volume is a worthwhile addition to the literature on those aspects of aging which are particularly sensitive to economic policies and the financial security of individuals."
-- International Journal of Population Geography, September 2003