A Question of Caring? Population Ageing in Flanders and the Netherlands
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A Question of Caring? Population Ageing in Flanders and the Netherlands

(Maria Bouverne-De Bie) The Low Countries - 2009, № 17, pp. 52-59

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The issue of population ageing is receiving a great deal of attention internationally. In 2002 the United Nations produced an action plan with three key priorities: first, concern for the elderly and the development of this, embracing themes such as employment, urbanisation, solidarity between generations and combating poverty; second, the promotion of health and welfare in later life; third, guaranteeing a stimulating and supportive environment for older people in areas such as housing, education, volunteer services and mobility. In common with other countries, Flanders and the Netherlands have developed specific policies aimed at addressing the consequences of population ageing.

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