Who’s worried about ageing?

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By 2050 the global population of those aged over 65 is expected to triple to 1.5 billion. But what does the general population think about the world’s ageing population? Which countries are worried, and which don’t think it’s a problem?

The Pew Research Centre has conducted a study of global attitudes to ageing. The area of the world most concerned is Asia, where nine-in-ten Japanese, eight-in-ten South Koreans and seven-in-ten Chinese people describe ageing as a major problem for their country. Over half of those in Germany and Spain say it is a major problem, while only one-in-four Americans is concerned. This matches with the ageing demographics in these regions. Japan, South Korea and China all have rapidly ageing populations. Many European countries are currently facing the issues inherent with an ageing population, while the population of older people in the US is comparatively moderate.

Of the 21 countries surveyed, 13 believe that the government should hold the greatest responsibility for the economic well-being of the elderly. These 13 countries, however, were also the least confident that they would have a good standard of living in old age. The countries which named themselves or their families as the party responsible for economic well-being were far more confident that they would be able to age comfortably.

The US is one of only a few countries where a large percentage of the population believes that individuals are primarily responsible for their own well-being in old age.

Country      

Per cent of population which believes that ageing is
a major problem in their country

Japan

87

South Korea

79

China

67

Germany

55

Spain

52

Britain

43

Brazil

31

United States

26

Indonesia

25

Egypt

23

All the countries involved in this study are expected to have an older average population by 2050 than they do now, as the global median age is projected to increase from 29 in 2010 to 36 by 2050.

You can read more about the Pew Research Global Attitudes Project here.

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