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date: 25 May 2020


Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability

No simple relationship exists between aging populations and the environment, although improvements in medicine and living conditions have resulted in greater life expectancy throughout the world, and thus a larger population. The global population of older persons is growing at 2.6 percent per year; the share of people aged 65 and over in the world will soon exceed that of children under 5 for the first time in history. Some demographers estimate that by2050more than 25 percent of people will be older than 60 years of age. Global communities and governments will need to acknowledge the problems associated with aging populations, including provision of services for health and caretaking. ...

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