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Population ageing from a lifecourse perspectiveCritical and international approaches$
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Kathrin Komp and Stina Johansson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310716

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310716.001.0001

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The state in ageing Canada

The state in ageing Canada

from old-age policies to lifecourse policies

(p.221) Thirteen The state in ageing Canada
Population ageing from a lifecourse perspective

Kathrin Komp

Patrik Marier

Policy Press

Due to population ageing, old age policies have gained increasing attention over the last few decades. For example, many countries reformed their pension systems and their long-term care regulations to counter the increasing number of frail older people. However, researchers underline that policies dealing with population ageing cannot focus on older people alone. Instead, they need to account for life-course effects and, therefore, tackle the situation of individuals of all ages. This chapter discusses how policy-makers can utilize life-course effects in old age policies. It explains the potential and the pitfalls of such a step, using Canada as an example. Canada is trying to prepare for population ageing through e.g. by promoting ‘Active Ageing’ and ‘Age-Friendly Communities’, which this chapter describes.

Keywords:   welfare state, Canada, old age policies, life-course policies, healthy and active ageing

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