The world is aging fast

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In case you want to celebrate, today is October 1 and has been declared the International Day of Older Persons.  Let’s hear it for folks over 60!

Ageing is a privilege and a societal achievement. It is also a challenge, which will impact all aspects of 21st century society – from housing to marketing.

The aging society is a challenge that cannot be addressed by the public or private sectors in isolation: it requires joint approaches and strategies. 

One thing for sure – aging is not for sissies! Consider the following facts:


Facts about aging
  • In 2000, there were 600 million people aged 60 and over; there will be 1.2 billion by 2025 and 2 billion by 2050.
  • Today, about two thirds of all older people are living in the developing world; by 2025, it will be 75%.
  • In the developed world, the very old (age 80+) is the fastest growing population group.
  • Women outlive men in virtually all societies; consequently in very old age, the ratio of women/men is 2:1.

3 thoughts on “The world is aging fast

  1. Hey, it will take at least two of us to care for one of them when they get old. Bad part is that we will be old as well.

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