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Summary and Conclusions: Help Wanted? Providing and Paying for Long‐Term Care

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With population ageing, no clear signs of a reduction in disability among older people, family ties becoming looser and growing female labour‐market participation, it is not surprising that the need for care for frail and disabled seniors is growing.* Growth in older age cohorts is the main driver of increased demand for long‐term care across OECD countries. Indeed, policy discussion around long‐term care reforms is often framed in the context of pressures arising from ageing societies. The statistics speak for themselves. In 1950, less than 1% of the global population was aged over 80 years. In OECD countries, the share of those aged 80 years and over is expected to increase from 4% in 2010 to nearly 10% in 2050.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2011-05-01

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