How The Aging Population Impact The World

Aging Population

The world is getting older. How much older?

By 2050, the number of people over 65 will triple. A new aging attitude survey of 21 countries by Pew research center, found that Japan is the most worried about aging. 87 % of people think it’s a problem. That’s in contrast to the US, where only 26% of people are concerned.

The survey found that the older the population is predicted to be, the more they worried about aging. Countries also have different takes on who should care for the elderly.Only a few who think the seniors should take of themselves. Overall, most people believe that the government should be responsible. But also look at a place like Pakistan, where 77% of folks believe that it’s up to families.

All this aging can hurt economies. Spain is a good example. In the future, there will be more people younger and older relying on those of working age.

The US, however, may have the advantage here, its population is growing slower and getting older. But it’s still projected to be younger than major trading partners in Europe and Asia. That’s because America has the most immigrant of any country. They are bringing high fertility rates even US-born women are having fewer babies. Between 1960-2005, immigrants and their descendants accounted for 51% of US population growth. Now, between 2005 – 2050 they account for 82% of that growth.

Countries with the biggest chances of economic boost maybe those with the youngest population.

In the upcoming articles, we will see how Internet of Things (IoT) can help to lessen the burden of aging population.

About the Author

Dr. Mazlan Abbas is an IOT Evangelist, Thought Leader and CEO of REDtone IOT. He is ranked No. 20th Thought Leader in IOT by 2014 Onalytics Report – “The Internet of Things – Top 100 Thought Leaders”, ranked Top 10 in IoT Top 100 Influencers by Postscapes 2016/2017, ranked Top 100 in Smart Cities Top Experts by Agilience Authority Index May 2016. You can reach him on LinkedIn or Twitter. Check all his presentation slides HERE.

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One thought on “How The Aging Population Impact The World

  • February 7, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Ageing population of ASEAN Tigers, change in structure of family vis-a-vis urbanization & modernization and empty nest phenomena are factors that needs to be immediately redressed.
    The biggest problem is that support systems of Traditional Neighbourhoods are no longer available to ageing ASIAN POPULATION as cities are slowly loosing its scale and growing fast.
    I would request Dr Mazlan Abbas to organize an Online Conference in ASIAN TIME ZONE to have clear understanding of
    (1) Product ergonomics issue vs user interface for ageing population.
    (2) Where not to automate?
    (3) Smart Retrofit for existing household appliances – I would like to call it DOREMON phenomena of IoT/IoE.
    Note :
    A robotic cat named Doraemon, travels back in time from the 22nd century to aid a pre-teen boy named Nobita Nobi.


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