How can we evaluate how well a country is handling the demograhic shift to becoming an aging society?

A team of researchers, including collaborator and Harvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman, PhD, has developed a multidimensional index that measures how well a country is handling the transition to having an increasingly larger proportion of older adults by evaluating status across five domains. The results, published in PNAS, indicate that while the U.S. scored well in the areas of productivity and engagement, the country ranked near the bottom in equity.

Photo: Lisa Berkman presenting at TEDxHarvardCollege event on population growth.