The consequences of the ageing of the population

Cahiers, no. 122

30 mars 1999Contact

In 1997, the IAU île-de-France initiated a prospective reflection on the increasing number of persons 60 and over in our society, and on its effects on retirement, services, transport, leisure activities.

Ile-de-France will join the national ageing process

The sign of the times: residents of Ile-de-France are settling in the region! An increasing number of children are born and live there, while the most elderly move less frequently to the provinces upon retirement. Over the next half century, this trend should reinforce the unprecedented increase (it should double by the year 2050) of an “elderly” mobile, healthy and more urban population that holds a significant part of the economic power. Not surprisingly, Ile-de-France will thus join the national ageing process. This may change the very image of life in the capital-region; a change that will perhaps be less pronounced than in other parts of the country.

There are many possibilities and, more than ever, debate is indispensable

Concerning retirement, many questions remain unanswered. They involve the quality of life of elderly people and the preservation of their autonomy, housing and accompaniment as well as the age of retirement, its financing and the purchasing power of pensioners. There are many possibilities and, more than ever, debate is indispensable. Predictable effects are also difficult in the health sector, as age is not in itself a measurable factor of health conditions.

The second volume no. 122 of the Cahiers addresses the issues of transport, housing and lifestyles of elderly people by attempting to distinguish what is the effect of age from what is the effect of generation.


© Garault (Eric), IAU îdF
© Degremont (Cécile), IAU îdF
© Lacombe (Matthias) IAU îdF

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