Ageing, wellbeing and development: Brazil and South Africa

Armando Barrientos*, Valerie Møller, João Saboia, Peter Lloyd-Sherlock, Julia Mase

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This chapter discusses the impact of individual ageing on the wellbeing of older people and their households in low-income areas Brazil and South Africa. The research was based on a longitudinal and comparative survey of around 1000 older persons and their households in selected low-income locations in the two countries. A comparison of older people’s wellbeing levels in 2002 and 2008 found improvement over time in a range of wellbeing indicators: per capita household income and expenditure; multidimensional measures; and life satisfaction measures. For low-income households, pension income is essential to their wellbeing, livelihoods, and social inclusion. The research findings suggest that, with appropriate public policies, individual ageing is not necessarily associated with a decline in wellbeing in developing countries.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe New Dynamics of Ageing
EditorsAlan Walker
PublisherPolicy Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781447314752
ISBN (Print)9781447314738
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2018
Externally publishedYes

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NameThe New Dynamics of Ageing
PublisherPolicy Press

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