Healthy aging

The world’s population is facing a demographic shift

More than 900 million people around the globe were aged over 60 in 2015 and this number is expected to double to two billion people by 2050, according to the United Nations World Population Prospects report. And with this demographic shift, today’s aging population is also changing society’s concept of what it means to grow old.

With the average life expectancy continuously increasing, industrialized countries are facing two challenges presented by the demographic shift: how to manage the extra costs associated with longer term care; and how to handle the prospect of possibly spending more years in declining health. And since aging is a relatively modern phenomenon, we also need to further understand what aging means at both a global and local level.

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