Ageing in the Twenty-first Century

  • A. Kalache
  • I. Keller
Conference paper
Part of the Ernst Schering Research Foundation Workshop book series (SCHERING FOUND, volume 8)


One of the main features of the world population within the next few decades will be the rapid increase in the absolute and relative numbers of older people in both developing and developed countries. We are right now at the threshold of global ageing. The total number of elderly people (defined as 60 years of age and older) worldwide is expected to increase from 605 million in 2000 to 1.2 billion by the year 2025 (UN 1999). In 2000, for the first time, there will be more people aged 60 and older than children under 14 in a number of developed countries (UN 1999). Population ageing could be compared to a silent revolution that will impact on all aspects of society. It is imperative to prepare ourselves in the most appropriate way for it: the opportunities and the challenges are multiple.


Health Care Expenditure Total Fertility Rate Pension Scheme Public Pension Sickness Fund 
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