The development of a healthy ageing programme in Taiwan

Authored by: Tzu-Yuan Stessa Chao

The Routledge Handbook Of Planning For Health And Well-Being

Print publication date:  June  2015
Online publication date:  May  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138023307
eBook ISBN: 9781315728261
Adobe ISBN: 9781317542407

10.4324/9781315728261.ch33

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Abstract

The rapid increase in the ageing population has become a global phenomenon. Over the next three decades, the ‘baby boomers’ will enter their 60s, and, by 2050, the global population will reach a peak of 20 billion (WHO 2007). According to the United Nations (UN), this increase will be greatest and most rapid in developing countries, where the older population is expected to quadruple. Rapid declines in both the fertility and mortality rates also result in disproportionate changes within the population. These demographic trends are creating new challenges for our urban and rural environments. To address these challenges, cross-disciplinary research between medical, social and spatial sciences is required.

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