Population Aging Is Occurring Worldwide

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Population Aging Is Occurring Worldwide. Over the past half-century, both the worldwide drop in fertility and the concurrent rise in life expectancy have led to the gradual aging of the world's population. Look at Table 4 below. Since 1950, the share of persons ages 65 and older has risen from 5 percent to 7 percent worldwide. As the map shows, Europe and Japan have led the way, with North America, Australia, and New Zealand close behind. However, older persons are now more than 5 percent of the inhabitants in many developing countries and by 2050 are expected to be 19 percent of Latin America's population and 18 percent of Asia's. Table 4: Worldwide Percent of Persons Ages 65 and Older 2007 2025 2050 WORLD 7 10 16 Industrialized Countries 16 21 26 Developing Countries 6 9 15 Europe 16 21 28 North America 12 18 21 Oceania 10 15 19 10 9 Asia 6 10 18 Africa 3 4 7 (Retrieved 19 June 2008 from WWW.PRB.org Population Data Sheet 2007: Sources: C. Haub, 2007 World Population Data Sheet, and United Nations Population Division). As mentioned, elderly women outlive elderly men.
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