Brazil is getting older: demographic changes and epidemiological challenges

  • Renato P. Veras Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro; Instituto de Medicina Social
Keywords: Demographic aging, Demographic transition, Aged

Abstract

Population ageing is currently a phenomenon not only in developed countries but also in third world countries. In this paper the features of a population's ageing and the process of epidemiological transition are discussed along with the worldwide changes in age-structure. Population statistics in Brazil and the characteristics of the elderly population are presented and analysed in the light of recent changes. The Brazilian elderly population is also discussed, particularly the issues relating to the social cost of the aged population, its urban and rural distribution, the elderly by sex, marital status and level of schooling, and emphasis is given to the imbalance of the sexes and the consequences of it for women.
Published
1991-12-01
How to Cite
Veras, R. (1991). Brazil is getting older: demographic changes and epidemiological challenges . Revista De Saúde Pública, 25(6), 476-488. https://doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89101991000600010
Section
Original Articles