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Gendered age

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When one walks around town in Japan, one sees many elderly women, and one experiences the reality of how the ageing of Japanese society is progressing: the average life expectancy has risen to the highest in the world, and, furthermore, women live longer than men. In particular, 50.6 per cent of elderly women are living alone, compared to 14.1 per cent of men and this is one factor in gender-related problems in old age. The proportion of elderly people in Japan has risen to 21 per cent of the population today, and is estimated to increase to 35.7 per cent by 2050. The awareness of gender, role expectations and patterns of behaviour differ according to generation. Within this generation are the so-called baby boomers born 1946 to 1949. Because they account for a large proportion of the whole population, they are thought to exert a great influence on society.

Keywords: baby boomers; elderly people; gendered age

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