The detailed discussion and analysis of aging and retirement in the two chosen countries of France and India in the preceding chapters clearly portray certain unique features. We would like to list general aging trends and their spread over time and regions of the world in our concluding remarks in this chapter. Some of the major characteristics that mark the global spread of aging are as follows:
The number of the elderly has tripled over the last 50 years, and this number is expected to further triple in the next 50 years. The growth rate of the elderly is much faster than the growth rate of the total population almost all over the world. The proportion of the elderly in total populations will double within the next 50 years. Though currently the more developed regions of the world have relatively high proportions of the elderly, the older population is concentrated in the least developed regions and is growing at a faster pace.
In 1950, the number of persons aged 60 years or older...