volume 28, issue 2, P208-210 2012
DOI: 10.1590/s0102-311x2012000200001
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Abstract: EDITORIALThe demographic revolution is one of the most important changes Brazil has experienced in the last 100 years. Average life expectancy in Brazil was only 33.5 years in the early 20th century. According to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), by 2009 it reached 73 years (76.5 for women and 69 for men). The proportion of elderly increased from 9.1% in 1999 to 11.3% in 2009, with a current contingent of 22 million, thus surpassing the elderly population in such European countries a…

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