About the book
This book will be edited by a woman who has well passed the usual retirement age of 65 but is able (privileged) to still mentally and physically contribute to her chosen society (Australia); hence there is a great personal interest in the issues which are to be addressed in 'Who Wants to Retire and Who Can Afford to Retire?' According to the WHO, "Populations around the world are rapidly ageing. Ageing presents both challenges and opportunities". This book will address different aspects of older populations in different countries, their work participation, their sense of inclusion or exclusion, their bio-psychosocial wellbeing, human rights issues and their future aspirations: at what age do people actually want to retire, can financially afford to retire, and what are their hopes for that part of their lives? Since older women present the fastest growing number of homeless people in Australia (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2016), it would be interesting to find out how these results compare to other countries. The issues mentioned so far consider the personal experiences of aging populations; what are the challenges for governments to deal with the 'grey tsunami'? The Australian government provides home care assistance packages so that people can stay in their own homes and residential age care is evaded as long as possible. The Australian government also provides a safety net, welfare payments for those who have not contributed enough to their superannuation fund to live independently. Considering older people, the attitudes of the general population also need to be considered; the blaming game includes older people stealing jobs, they are using too many health care resources, and they are a burden (financially and otherwise) to society. This book intends to provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of the current world-wide state of affairs.