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The Ageing & Development Report 1999: Poverty, Independence & the World's Older People

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7259.517 (Published 19 August 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:517
  1. Shah Ebrahim, professor in epidemiology of ageing
  1. Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol

    Eds Judith Randel, Tony German, Deborah Ewing for HelpAge International


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    Earthscan Publications, £14.95, pp 201

    ISBN 1 85383 648 6

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    We celebrated the birth of the world's six billionth baby last year, and Queen Elizabeth II sent out 3729 congratulation messages (the telegrams disappeared decades ago) to centenarians in Britain—a dramatic increase from the 255 sent out in 1952. Fertility is declining, with many European countries well below replacement levels. Our world is ageing rapidly. In the affluent world, we are concerned about protecting inheritance of property, the adequacy of pensions, and full access to health service technologies. A different story, told in this small but comprehensive book, is unfolding in the …

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