Technologies for Active Aging

Volume 9 of the series International Perspectives on Aging pp 7-25


Technology and the Challenge of Aging

  • Andrew SixsmithAffiliated withGerontology Research Centre, Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre Email author 

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The aging of populations is a global phenomenon. At the present time, approximately 10 % of the world’s population are aged 60 years and over, but the proportion is projected to increase to about 20 % by 2050. While the population worldwide is growing at around 1 % per annum, the number of people aged over 80 is growing at 4 % per annum. Moreover, the phenomenon of population aging is not limited to the developed countries. Currently 64 % of older people live in less developed regions, but this figure will rise to 80 % by 2050 (HelpAge International, 2012).