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ASIA: Isolation, poverty loom for an aging population

BANGKOK, 14 February 2012 (IRIN) - With 60 percent of the world’s population, Asia has one of the largest concentrations globally of aging persons, creating a host of potential challenges, experts warn. “Asian countries, besides Japan perhaps, need to plan now. These countries have grown older before they have grown rich,”

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Problems for Thailand as people age

Policy makers should start planning now to deal with the social and economic impact of Thailand's ageing population, economists say. The state and private sectors must develop new facilities, products and services to suit the needs of the elderly, said Worawet Suwanrada, an economics lecturer from Chulalongkorn University, at a seminar

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