The Future of Ageing Societies

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
RC11 Sociology of Aging (host committee)

Language: English

Populations have been ageing for decades, and researchers agree that this trend will continue into the future. Because of this demographic shift, societies are changing. For example, pension reforms and health care reforms are introduced, workplaces are restructured, care arrangements within families are re-negotiated, new products and services are developed, and new identities and cultures emerge. Previous research extensively documented such changes that occurred in the past. However, studies on how these changes may continue into the future are few. The scarceness of futures-oriented research on ageing societies is unfortunate, considering the benefits such research can create: policymakers can use it to decide which reforms are most urgent, health care providers can use it to modify services ahead of changing demands, researchers can use it to align their research with emerging social problems, and individuals can use it to plan for their own old age.

This regular session brings together quantitative, qualitative and conceptual studies that consider the future of ageing societies in one or multiple countries. Examples for topics that can be discussed within this session are:

-        the future progression of population ageing,

-        future social change caused by population ageing,

-        how pension, health care and long-term care policies need to be reformed in the future because of population ageing,

-        how population ageing will affect families in the future,

-        the identities and values of the next generations of older people, and

-        how we could best study the future of ageing societies.

Session Organizer:
Kathrin KOMP, University of Helsinki, Finland
Oral Presentations
Is Successful Aging 2.0 the Way for the Future?
Toni CALASANTI, Virginia Tech, USA
Effects of the Perceived Sustainability of Public Pension Systems on Attitudes and Policy Preferences: Evidence from a Survey Experiment in Germany, Spain and the United States
Jonas RADL, Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain; Juan J FERNÁNDEZ, Department of Social Sciences, University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain
Offshoring Retirement: Lifestyle Migration, Expressive Individualism and the Future of Aging
Matthew HAYES, Canada Research Chair, Global and International Studies, Canada
Distributed Papers
In the Countries of the Old: Population Ageing and the Future of Social Change
Stephen CUTLER, University of Vermont, USA; Melissa HARDY, Pennsylvania State University, USA; Nicholas DANIGELIS, University of Vermont, USA
The Future of Ageing By Gender
Sally BOULD, University of Delaware, USA; Clary KREKULA, Karlstad University, Sweden
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