The real population boom – the over 60s: great new killer facts and graphics from Age International

Ageing is one of those development issues that is only going to get bigger. A new report from Age International pulls together all the killer facts and over 60 global

infographics you should need to be convinced, and lots of eminent talking heads (Margaret Chan, Richard Jolly, Mary Robinson etc) to drive home the message. Here’s a selection

  • Today, 868 million people are over 60
  • 62% of people over 60 live in developing countries; by 2050, this number will have risen to 80%.
  • Over the last half century, life expectancy at birth has increased by almost 20 years.
  • 340 million older people are living without any secure income. If current trends continue, this number will rise to 1.2 billion by 2050.
  • Growth in numbers of people with dementia in high-income and low and middle-income countries (1)80% of older people in  developing countries have no regular income.
  • Only one in four older people in low-and middle-income countries receive a pension.Proportion of population aged 60-plus by region in 2014 2030 and 2050
  • Nearly two-thirds of the 44.4 million people with dementia live in low-or middle-income countries.
  • In countries like Zimbabwe and Namibia, up to 60% of orphaned children live in grandparent-headed households. In these situations, grandmothers are more likely to be the main carers.





And here’s a puff video for the report and Age International

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2 Responses to “The real population boom – the over 60s: great new killer facts and graphics from Age International”
  1. Pete

    Hooray for Good News!

    The ‘killer’ facts show people will live longer.

    The increase in the percentage of people over 60 means that finally population growth is coming under control, by 2050 Africa is the only region that will not have a sustainable population profile similar to that in Europe now.

    This summary of the report misses out on optimism for the future. In looking ahead 35 years it doesn’t predict any medical changes in preventing dementia, which is a high priority for many of the richest people in the world. Nor does it seem to move countries up the scale of economic development.

    I hope Age International become more prominient as this shows the rest of the development agenda isn’t doing a bad job.

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