17 October 2012
Projections from IIASA’s World Population Program suggest that in the next 50 years, the elderly population in sub-Saharan Africa will increase by a factor of 5. The number of people over age 60 in the region is expected to grow from 23 million today to 230 million in 2060. While greater populations of older people are generally associated with greater costs to society, IIASA projections for Africa suggest that these people will also be better educated than today’s elderly population, which is also associated with better health.
IIASA’s Wolfgang Lutz will give a keynote speech on these findings on 18 October at the first Conference on aging in Africa, the IAGG Africa Region Conference on Gerontology and Geriatrics, which is taking place today through Friday in Cape Town, South Africa. Lutz notes that support for a larger elderly population will depend on economic development. Demography research shows that as birth rates begin to decline, a better-educated population can help encourage that socioeconomic development.
Lutz will also take part in a roundtable discussion entitled “Building Longitudinal and representative evidence on aging in Africa,” on Friday, 19 October.
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Acting Research Group Leader and Principal Research Scholar Social Cohesion, Health, and Wellbeing Research Group - Population and Just Societies Program
Principal Research Scholar and Senior Program Advisor Population and Just Societies Program
Data from IIASA's World Population Program.
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