Global elderly population exploding: report

Global elderly population

The number of people globally aged 65 and over is expected to more than double by 2050 as the world’s senior population continues to rocket, a US study said Monday.

The global population is aging at an unprecedented rate with 8.5 percent of people worldwide — or more than 600 million — now aged 65 and over, said the US Census Bureau report.

If the trend continues nearly 17 percent of the global population, or 1.6 billion people, will be in the 65-and-over age bracket by 2050.

“People are living longer, but that does not necessarily mean that they are living healthier,” said Richard Hodes, director of the National Institute on Aging (NIA), which commissioned the study, “An Aging World: 2015.”

“The increase in our aging population presents many opportunities and also several public health challenges that we need to prepare for.”

“NIA has partnered with census to provide the best possible data so that we can better understand the course and implications of population aging.”

By 2050, global life expectancy at birth is projected to increase by almost eight years, from 68.6 years in 2015 to 76.2 years, the study said.

The global population of the “oldest old” — people aged 80 and older — is expected to more than triple between 2015 and 2050, from 126.5 million to 446.6 million.

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  1. Avatar Jomo2jomo June 11th, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    I forgive and release their souls. May muthengi I rest in peace. But he caused so many deaths and destitution through golden berg. Let us never forget this.we leave it to the almighty to deliver justice

  2. Avatar ObieK June 12th, 2012 at 8:12 am

    May their souls rest in peace.
    This is the first time I have seen the late Hon. Saitoti’s wife.  The leaders need to have their wives accompany them while they still in office or vying for office.

  3. Avatar BintiMnyonge June 12th, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    they should also go and condole the families of the other victims, very sad and shocking incident

  4. Avatar Djmapesa June 12th, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.

  5. Avatar Djmapesa June 12th, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    He was a great patriot, a humanitarian, a loyal friend; provided, of course, he really is dead.

  6. Avatar Mercienimo June 14th, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Rest in peace.Still in shock.But a believe its a season and it will surely pass.


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