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“Age is an issue of mind over matter, if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter”

It was well noted by Mark Twain. However, what will matter, sooner than later, is the proportion of Elders in the population. 

A UN Report on Global Population notes that one in every 6 persons’ is above the age of 65. Closer to home, one in every 6th Indian will be above the age of 60 years by 2041. Another 9 years and this changes to 1 in every five Indians. At the same time, one in every 4 persons will be a Senior in many European countries & North America.

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In 2017, 962 million global population was above 60 years and this is close to three times as large it was in 1980 – 362 million senior persons. This number is expected to double - 2.1 billion old persons by 2050. And almost 80% of this population will be in developing countries .

The increasing proportion of ageing population has implication on nearly all aspects of society. This makes the preparation for the economic and social shifts associated with an ageing population essential to fulfil the pledge of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that “no one will be left behind .

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" Socialisation & Micro Communities"

One of most important demographic change of this century is the increase in the proportion of old persons – one in every five persons is a senior citizen (above 60 yrs) by 2050. More startling, is that the proportion of seniors is more than those in the age group of 0-9 yrs.

In order to design policies and programs for old persons its important to understand the factors that lead to longevity and thereby determine the needs to this group. And build a community of happy seniors.

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