Aged people on the increaseRecent statistics show that the number of aged people is on an increase world wide. At the same time the number of children is showing a decreasing trend. At present the estimated number of the aged above 65 is 70.30 crores as per UN estimates. By 2050 UN expects this to be 150 crores. In 1990 six percent of the total population were above 65 years of age. This became 9% in 2019. It is estimated to be 16% by 2050.
Majority of the aged will be in Asian countries. At present the estimate is 26 crores. Based on the present trend it could be 57crores. One out of three will be aged above 65 in Asian countries, inJapan 28%, Italy 23%.
The maximum estimated increase, 226% is in North African region. The life span is also showing an increasing trend. The figures in 2015 - 2020 period is that among those who are of age 65 or more live 17 years more. The same by 2050 would become 19 years.
10.1% of the population of India (13.8crores) are aged. By 2030 this is expected to be 19.4 crores (13.1%).
Among States in India Kerala has more aged people (16.5%). Tamil Nadu (13.6%) and Himachal Pradesh (13.1%) are next in line. Bihar (7.7%) and UP (8.1%) are in the bottom.