Ageing population

The Asia Pacific region is at the forefront of population ageing and the number of older people is expected to triple by 2050 to 1,265 million. At this point, one in every four people will be over the age of 60.

The main reasons for this demographic change are rapidly declining birth rates and longer life spans. In the most advanced countries in the region, life expectancy at birth is over 80 years.

In this section, we provide information and analysis on the situation of older people in several countries in the region:

In 2015, HelpAge East Asia/Pacific has conducted a study to document the existence of data related to ageing issues as provided by surveys of older persons, censuses, and Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) for 25 low- and middle-income Asia-Pacific countries. This presents a larger view of survey data collection related to ageing issues in the region.

The information can be found in Data mapping section.