The geography of the oldest old at the edges of Europe


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Last Updated: 15-02-2016 1:06


The aim of this paper is to look at the spatial distribution of the oldest old at some EU countries in order to inform policy makers that as far as population ageing in modern societies is concerned, location matters significantly. This is because older people are highly concentrated in certain localities and, thus, a careful spatial planning of public services and care for this population group is required. This study also informs those NGOs who care for the old to forward their resources in certain areas. It also tries to motivate private companies to invest in friendly and accessible to these population group products and services. The spatial analysis of data in Sweden, Greece and Ireland show significant spatial autocorrelation resulting in
large clusters of high and low proportions of very old people. The differences in distributions are regional and they suggest more trends than just an urban-rural divide.

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