Ageing is one of those development issues that is only going to get bigger. A new report from Age International pulls together all the killer facts and
infographics you should need to be convinced, and lots of eminent talking heads (Margaret Chan, Richard Jolly, Mary Robinson etc) to drive home the message. Here’s a selection
- Today, 868 million people are over 60
- 62% of people over 60 live in developing countries; by 2050, this number will have risen to 80%.
- Over the last half century, life expectancy at birth has increased by almost 20 years.
- 340 million older people are living without any secure income. If current trends continue, this number will rise to 1.2 billion by 2050.
- 80% of older people in developing countries have no regular income.
- Only one in four older people in low-and middle-income countries receive a pension.
- Nearly two-thirds of the 44.4 million people with dementia live in low-or middle-income countries.
- In countries like Zimbabwe and Namibia, up to 60% of orphaned children live in grandparent-headed households. In these situations, grandmothers are more likely to be the main carers.
And here’s a puff video for the report and Age International[youtube height=”HEIGHT” width=”WIDTH”]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfDt7tSrRt4&list=PLBszkWChYeWLv1nqCu_BFjnz8Iw4J8kdj[/youtube]