Edited By Adela Elena Popa, Hasan Arslan, Mehmet Ali Icbay and Tomas Butvilas
Perception of Elderliness of the Aged and Young People in Rural Areas
Introduction The study focuses on how the perceptions of elderliness of aged and young popu- lation are formed in rural areas. The aim of the study is to find out the factors that determine these perceptions and to explain the reasons for differences in perceptions (provided that such dif- ferences do exist) by taking into account the structural features of the rural areas. Also, a second goal of the study is to find out the reasons for the struggles between generations by starting from the differences in these perceptions. If the current trends in demographic indicators are constant, then the ageing process of Turkey’s population will continue. In 2012, 5.7 million people were in the age range of 65 years and above (7.5% of the total population). By the year 2023, this population (aged 65 years and above) will represent 8.6 million people and the rate will rise to 10.2% of the total population (TÜİK, 2013: 1). While in 2012, the average age of the population in Turkey was 30.1 years, in 2023, it is assumed that it will increase to 34 years. The median age of males, which was 29.5 years in 2012, is predicted to be 33.6 years in 2023. On the other hand, in 2012, the average age of females was 30.6 years and it is estimated that it will reach 34.6 years in 2023. It is forecasted that the average age of Turkey’s population will be 42.9 years in 2050 and 47.4 years in 2075....
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