An interesting report was produced by HSBC and they claim that it is "the world's most comprehensive study on global attitudes to ageing and retirement". 10 diverse countries were surveyed and the results and analysis are available here. With ageing populations, increasing urbanisation and changes in family structure, the future for older people will probably be different from that previously.
The study examines attitudes in Brazil, Canada, mainland China and Hong Kong, France, India, Japan, Mexico, the UK and the USA - countries and territories which contain over half of the world's people and combine to give a representative sample of the global population.
You can download the entire report or view it by section here
HSBC announcement and link to Press Releases