UN Report on World Population Ageing: Ageing World

Population ageing is unprecedented, without parallel in the history of humanity. Increases in the proportions of older people, those 60 years or older, are accompanied by declines in the proportions of the young – under the age of 15. By 2050, the number of older people in the world will exceed the number of young for the first time. This historic reversal in relative proportions of young and old had already taken place by 1998 in the more developed regions.

The World Today Updated 23 October 2020 Published 1 April 2002 2 minute READ

Population ageing is pervasive, a global phenomenon affecting every man, woman and child. The steady increase of older age groups in national populations, both in absolute numbers and in relation to the working-age population, has a direct bearing on the intergenerational and intragenerational equity and solidarity that are the foundations of society.

Population ageing is profound, having major consequences and implications for all facets of human life. In the economic area, it will have an impact on growth, savings, investment and consumption, labour markets, pensions, taxation and intergenerational transfers. In the social sphere, population ageing affects health and health care, family composition and living arrangements, housing and migration. In the political arena, ageing can influence voting patterns and representation.

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