Gender, Aging and the Economics of 'Active Aging': Setting a New Research Agenda
Journal of Women & Aging, 2018, 30(3): 184-203. DOI: 10.1080/08952841.2017.1295677
Posted: 7 May 2018 Last revised: 7 Aug 2018
Date Written: April 17, 2018
The world is aging, and the percentages of older people are on a dramatic ascent. This dramatic demographic aging of human society is not gender neutral; it is mostly about older women. One of the key policy approaches to address the aging revolution is known as “active aging,” crystalized by the WHO in 2002 by three pillars: participation, health, and security. The active aging policy has financial and economic aspects and affects both men and women. However, as argued in this article, a gender-based approach has not been adopted within the existing active aging framework. Therefore, a new gender-specific research agenda is needed, one that focuses on an interrelation between gender and different economic aspects of “active aging” from international, comparative, cultural, and longitudinal perspectives.
Keywords: Active aging, gender, gero-feminism, health perception, poverty, work participation
JEL Classification: J16, J26
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