General Article Facts and figures: global ageing

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The world is ageing

Ageing is a triumph of our times – a product of improved public health, sanitation and development. Yet over 100 million older people live on less than a dollar a day.*

  • In 1950, 8 out of every 100 people were over 60. By 2050, 22 out of every 100 people will be over 60.*
  • By 2045, the global population of people aged 60 years and over will likely surpass, for the first time in history, the number of children under age 15.*
  • The increasing share of older people in the world’s population results from a combination of hugely increased life expectancy and reduced fertility. Total fertility is expected to decline from 2.82 children per woman in 1995-2000 to 2.15 children per woman in 2045-2050. Life expectancy worldwide is expected to increase by 11 years, from 65 in 1995-2000 to 76 in 2045-2050, despite the impact of HIV/AIDS.*

Most of the world’s older people live in developing countries

  • Even in the poorest countries, life expectancy is increasing and the...

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