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Ageing and Life Expectancy

Population Europe welcomes the AAL Programme as its newest collaboration partner! [...]
Since the outbreak of the corona virus 2019-nCoV in China in December 2019, the virus spread throughout the world with a speed faster than many held possible. From a handful of visitors of a market in Wuhan, to almost 750.000 cases worldwide and more than 35.000 deaths in barely three months (https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ on 2020/03/30). The worldwide shortage of testing materials, intensive care units, disinfectants, and facemasks, has put health care institutes and professionals under extreme pressure. [...]
By Jana Vobecká
James Vaupel, a top demographer based at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU), has received a European Research Council grant for the new project ´Inequalities in Lifespans before and after Retirement: Trailblazing Demographic Theory and Analysis´. The major innovation of Vaupel’s project is the inclusion of individual lifespan inequalities into the theory on mortality at older ages. [...]
How can cities and municipalities respond to these changes and what steps can be taken to maintain the quality of life in regions with a shrinking population? What are the differences in the needs and demands of young generations, young families and older generations? These questions were the subject of a meeting held in Berlin on 20 January 2020 on behalf of a project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, in which experts from research, policy, local government and civil society in Germany discussed possible solutions. [...]
Wie können Städte und Gemeinden auf diese Bevölkerungstrends reagieren und wie kann die Lebensqualität auch in schrumpfenden Regionen erhalten werden? Wie unterscheiden sich diesbezüglich die Ansprüche von jüngeren Menschen, jungen Familien und der älteren Generation? Dies war Gegenstand eines vom Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend geförderten Projekts, bei dem Expert/innen aus Wissenschaft, Politik, Kommunalverwaltung und Zivilgesellschaft in Deutschland bei einer Tagung am 20. Januar 2020 in Berlin diskutierten. [...]
This new policy brief from UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) discusses the need for countries in the region to address the potential disadvantages women may face due to population ageing. Gender- and age-responsive reforms must consider the multiple dimensions of gender inequality manifest in ageing societies. [...]
How can organisations ease work limitations of older workers suffering from chronic health conditions?
Vanajan and colleagues used data from the Netherlands to compare the associations between three flexible work arrangements and severe health-related work limitations among older workers. Working time flexibility was associated with fewer health-related work limitations, while work place flexibility and phased retirement were not. [...]
The theme of the Wittgenstein Centre's 2020 Conference is “Demographic Aspects of the COVID-19 Pandemic and its Consequences”. Submissions to the Call for Papers are welcome until 31 July. [...]
The theme of the Wittgenstein Centre's 2020 Conference is “Demographic Aspects of the COVID-19 Pandemic and its Consequences”. [...]
The role of childhood socioeconomic conditions in geriatric health
Poor childhood socioeconomic conditions are associated with higher risk of frailty in old age, find van der Linden et al. By using longitudinal and cross-national data, their study is the first longitudinal and cross-national European study to indicate that pathways to (pre-)frailty already begin during childhood and continue over the life course. [...]

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