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Technological Changes, the Reversal of Age Pyramids and the Future of Retirement Systems

Abstract

The design of optimal retirement systems requires a good understanding of social, economic and demographic trends that are by-products of profound technological changes with the power to completely reshape our environment, our needs, and our way of thinking. The essay summarises the theory of technological waves, and focuses on the impact of these waves on the family, demography, the social structure and our health. We emphasise the growing cost of the age-related processes that mainly affect well being during the retirement period, and the need to counterbalance them with early preventive treatment.
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