General Article Are you ready? What you need to know about ageing

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  • The number of people today aged 60 and over has doubled since 1980.
  • The number of people aged 80 years will almost quadruple to 395 million between now and 2050.
  • Within the next five years, the number of adults aged 65 and over will outnumber children under the age of five.
  • By 2050, these older adults will outnumber all children under the age of 14.
  • The majority of older people live in low- or middle-income countries. By 2050, this number will have increased to 80%.
  • In the 21st century, health is determined by and contributes to broad social trends. Economies are globalising, more and more people live and work in cities, family patterns are changing and technology is evolving rapidly. One of the biggest social transformations is population ageing. Soon, the world will have more older people than children and more people of very old age than ever before.


1. The world will have more people who live to see their 80s or 90s than ever before

 The number of people aged 80 ye...

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