Global ageing: From pyramid to beehive in 100 years

Flip Chart Fairy Tales

Age International published a wide-ranging report on global ageing earlier this month. It emphasises something I’ve been banging on about for a while. Population ageing isn’t just a western phenomenon. It’s happening throughout the world.

Contrary to popular belief, the rise in the population aged 80 and over is taking place at a faster rate in less developed countries than in more developed countries.

The population of some developing countries is ageing at a fascinating rate. By the middle of the century, many places we still think of as young countries will have a greater proportion of their population aged over 60 than Britain has now.


This turbo greying will see some countries overtake the developed regions, ending up with a greater proportion of their population over 60 than in North America and Europe. As these graphics from Pew Research and the ILO show, many developing countries are ageing at much faster…

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