Italy, a Southern European country with 60.8 million inhabitants, has the largest proportion of elderly citizens (aged ≥65) in Europe of 21.4%. The aging of the population is due to a number of reasons, such as baby boomers growing old, an increase in longevity, and low birth rate. Although international migration has increased in recent years, the addition of a foreign segment of the population has neither compensated for nor significantly curtailed the aging phenomenon. The impact of aging on the economic sustainability concerns the progressive reduction of the workforce, high incidence of pension spending in the overall resources allocated to welfare, recent reform of the pension system, and the growing issue of "non-self-sufficiency" in the elderly. Despite limited financial measures dedicated to research, Italy is conducting important studies on aging, both at the national and international level. Physicians and researchers in the field of geriatrics and gerontology are not only promoting quality of life in the elderly, and healthy-active aging, but also contributing to economic stability and social organization. Finally, nutritional and lifestyle habits - and their role in preventing chronic diseases - are the focus of the current international event EXPO 2015, with many sections dedicated to the elderly.

MAZZOLA, P., RIMOLDI, S., ROSSI, P., Noale, M., REA, F., FACCHINI, C., et al. (2016). Aging in Italy: The need for new welfare strategies in an old country. THE GERONTOLOGIST, 56(3), 383-390 [10.1093/geront/gnv152].

Aging in Italy: The need for new welfare strategies in an old country

MAZZOLA, PAOLO
Primo
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RIMOLDI, STEFANIA MARIA LORENZA
Secondo
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ROSSI, PAOLO;REA, FEDERICO;FACCHINI, CARLA;CORRAO, GIOVANNI;ANNONI, GIORGIO
2016

Abstract

Italy, a Southern European country with 60.8 million inhabitants, has the largest proportion of elderly citizens (aged ≥65) in Europe of 21.4%. The aging of the population is due to a number of reasons, such as baby boomers growing old, an increase in longevity, and low birth rate. Although international migration has increased in recent years, the addition of a foreign segment of the population has neither compensated for nor significantly curtailed the aging phenomenon. The impact of aging on the economic sustainability concerns the progressive reduction of the workforce, high incidence of pension spending in the overall resources allocated to welfare, recent reform of the pension system, and the growing issue of "non-self-sufficiency" in the elderly. Despite limited financial measures dedicated to research, Italy is conducting important studies on aging, both at the national and international level. Physicians and researchers in the field of geriatrics and gerontology are not only promoting quality of life in the elderly, and healthy-active aging, but also contributing to economic stability and social organization. Finally, nutritional and lifestyle habits - and their role in preventing chronic diseases - are the focus of the current international event EXPO 2015, with many sections dedicated to the elderly.
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Demographic aging; Europe; Italy; Welfare;
Italy, Europe, Welfare, Demographic aging
English
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MAZZOLA, P., RIMOLDI, S., ROSSI, P., Noale, M., REA, F., FACCHINI, C., et al. (2016). Aging in Italy: The need for new welfare strategies in an old country. THE GERONTOLOGIST, 56(3), 383-390 [10.1093/geront/gnv152].
Mazzola, P; Rimoldi, S; Rossi, P; Noale, M; Rea, F; Facchini, C; Maggi, S; Corrao, G; Annoni, G
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