A milestone for the ‘ageing time bomb’


Elderly people work out with wooden dumb-bells in the grounds of a temple in Tokyo on September 19, 2016, to celebrate Japan’s Respect for the Aged Day. / AFP / KAZUHIRO NOGI (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

Source: BBC News

By Fernando Duarte

For the first time in history, there are more elderly people in the world than young children, according to the United Nations.

Their figures show that the number of over-65s surpassed that of under-fives at the end of 2018.

There are now around 705 million people over-65 on the planet, while those aged 0-4 number about 680 million.

Widening gap

Current trends point to a growing disparity between the oldest and the youngest by 2050 – there will be more than two over-65s for each person aged 0-4.

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