According to the latest estimates by the World Health Organization, One in every four people across Asia will be above the age of 60 by 2050.
The prediction is done based on the fact that the world is ageing, rapidly.
According to WHO, the proportion of the world’s population over 60 years will double from about 11% to 22%, between 2000 and 2050.
The number of people aged 60 years and above is expected to rise from 901 million in 2015 to 1.4 billion by 2030 and 2.1 billion by 2050. Further, it could rise to 3.2 billion in 2100.
By 2050, Europe will have about 34% of its population over 60. Latin America, the Caribbean and in Asia, the figure will be about 25%.
India is expected to face a unique problem called feminization of aging population. It means that the majority of India’s elderly will be women.
WHO estimates say that, quarter of the global elderly population will be in India by 2015 and the elderly population in India will be more than 12% of the total population by 2026.
This has now made WHO ask countries to commit to healthy ageing, with action plans in place by 2020 to maximize functional ability that reach everyone.