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By Dr. Vern L. Bengtson PhD, Kyong-Dong Kim PhD, George Myers PhD, Ki-Soo Eun PhD

Well known specialists current the 1st comparative research of contemporary advancements between six japanese and Western international locations pertaining to inhabitants getting older and its outcomes. Chapters specialize in demographic tendencies, sociocultural contexts, and coverage implications. international locations chosen as case stories comprise: the People's Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Germany, the uk, and the U.S.. The editors and individuals name awareness to the various trajectories and results of inhabitants getting older in culturally diversified societies which are frequently at diverse levels or on various paths of financial improvement. Such analyses carry into sharper concentration these stipulations which are detailed, or comparable, and emphasize the ways that cultural stereotypes of getting older and the aged complicate our realizing of the results of world-wide inhabitants getting older.

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The most vexing, if not disgraceful, problem in the case of Korea is the purported decline of family support for aging parents, which is seen to undermine the status and security of the parent. As we begin the twenty-first century, concerned Koreans and other East Asians are questioning the willingness of families to care for their aging parents and stressing the need to counter the decline of family-provided eldercare by reaffirming filial piety and expanding public services. At the same time, we need to ask: Is it a myth that elderly persons are alienated from, or abandoned by, their children?

So, if we set the crudities of East-West mutual stereotyping to one side, it may be assumed that each and every industrial and postindustrial society represented in this debate shares some common items of concern, together with relevant experiences to bring to bear on their consideration. In comparative analytic terms, therefore, the subject of aging and the welfare of the elderly population represents a point of commonality linking otherwise dissimilar systems. As such, it offers an opportunity for a comparative learning exercise far more wide-ranging than most hitherto experienced in "comparative social policy," whereby so-called "like" countries (typically Western welfare states) have been compared in respect to particular differences of social policy style and content, within a presumed common frame of reference.

Most of today's elderly persons count as elderly persons for social policy purposes only on certain counts at any one time. They might even pass in and out again of the status of being acknowledged as elderly persons in particular respects (such as when compulsory retirement in one sector is succeeded by a new job in another), though the number of counts on which an individual is likely to score as an elderly person is bound to increase with age. For immediate social policy purposes, definitions depend on the reasons for which the elderly are being defined.

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