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J Women Aging. 2018 May-Jun;30(3):184-203. doi: 10.1080/08952841.2017.1295677. Epub 2017 Apr 3.

Gender, aging, and the economics of "active aging": Setting a new research agenda.

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a Department of Gerontology , Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, University of Haifa , Haifa , Israel.
b Department of Economics and Management , The Max Stern Yezreel Valley College , Yezreel Valley , Israel.


The world is aging, and the percentages of older people are on a dramatic ascent. This dramatic demographic aging of human society is not gender neutral; it is mostly about older women. One of the key policy approaches to address the aging revolution is known as "active aging," crystalized by the WHO in 2002 by three pillars: participation, health, and security. The active aging policy has financial and economic aspects and affects both men and women. However, as argued in this article, a gender-based approach has not been adopted within the existing active aging framework. Therefore, a new gender-specific research agenda is needed, one that focuses on an interrelation between gender and different economic aspects of "active aging" from international, comparative, cultural, and longitudinal perspectives.


Active aging; gender; gero-feminism; health perception; poverty; work participation

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