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The report focuses on the social and economic wellbeing of older persons and documents the demographics of older age; their economic status and participation in the labour force; the health of older persons; and the societal perceptions and social integration of older persons. On each of these topics, the report attempts to account for the diversity of situations of older persons in society and across the world. It also attempts to capture the changing reality and perceptions of old age as well old persons’ own views.
The report is based on recent research and empirical data from various sources available to the United Nations Secretariat, and includes a range of up-to-date figures and tables to highlight various trends in ageing.