Coping with Rapid Population Ageing in Asia

Osuke Komazawa and Yasuhiko Saito, eds.
June 2021

This book from ERIA was developed based on discussions that took place at the fourth World Science Forum held in Fukuoka, Japan in September 2018, where ERIA partnered with Nihon University to organize two sessions on Long-Term Care Policies, Systems, Practices, and Workforce Sustainability.

Can you imagine the life of octogenarians, nonagenarians, or centenarians? It may be difficult if you do not have any limitations on daily activities. But we are much more likely than our ancestors—even our parents or grandparents—to live to such an age. The increase in the number of older adults is accompanied by a rise in the number of people with care needs. How can we cope with the expanding care needs in the era of population aging?

This book addresses two critical issues that accompany population aging: long-term care systems (discussed in Part I of the book) and the cross-border movement of long-term care workers (Part II of the book), focusing on Asia, where the population is aging at the fastest pace in the world. Authors provide basic information that will be useful for further dialogue and international collaboration on improvement of the quality and sustainability of long-term care systems without leaving any older adult behind.

© 2021 Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia.