Poverty in Ageing

People are considered to be living in poverty if their income and resources are so inadequate as to preclude them from having a standard of living considered acceptable in the society in which they live. Multiple disadvantages through unemployment, low income, poor housing and inadequate health care are often central to everyday survival.

Despite the large variation between countries, poverty rates tend to be higher for older persons than for the whole population (OECD, 2011). Many older people in less developed countries live in labour intensive rural and urban environments. While labour can provide a source of living for poor people who lack other assets and income, a key factor of older people's poverty is their diminished capacity for labour in the informal sector and their exclusion from formal labour markets.

Transformations in the world economy are profoundly changing the parameters of social development in all countries. One significant trend has been the increased poverty rate among women, the extent of which varies from region to region. The risk of living in poverty is greater for women than for men, particularly in old age, where social security systems are based on the principle of continuous paid employment.

Abstracts addressing issues of poverty in ageing are requested and a special interest will be granted to abstracts dealing with how poverty among elderly women can be reduced.