The rate of elderly people in Turkey increased by 24% in 5 years, reaching 68th place in the list of countries with the highest proportion of elderly people in the world.
This came according to a report issued on Friday by the Turkish Statistical Institute (government), which was published on its website and seen by Al-Ain Al-Akhbar.
The report stated that the number of elderly people in Turkey was 6 million 651 thousand 503 people in 2016, raising this number in 2021 to 8 million 245 thousand 124, an increase of 24%.
The elderly made up 8.3% of the total population in 2016, but their percentage rose to 9.7% over the past year, according to the same source.
The report indicated that 44.3% of the total elderly in 2021 were men and 55.7% were women.
According to population projections, the proportion of older people in Turkey is expected to reach 11% in 2025, 12.9% in 2030, 16.3% in 2040, 22.6% in 2060 and 25. 6% in 2080.
The report indicated that when analyzing the age group of older adults, 61.5% of them in 2016 were between 65 and 74 years old, 30.2% were between 75 and 84 years old and 8.2% were 85 years old. and more.
In 2021, 64.7% of older adults were between the ages of 65 and 74, 27.3% were between the ages of 75 and 84, and 8% were 85 or older.
The report stated that if the proportion of the elderly population exceeds 10% of the total population, this is an indication of the aging of the country, noting that the number of elderly people in Turkey increased significantly during the period mentioned a a higher rate. than the rest of the age groups.
In Turkey, which is undergoing a process of demographic transition, called the global aging process, the age structure of the population has changed with declining fertility and mortality rates, health developments, and rising standards of living and of the standard of living. welfare.
He added: “While the proportion of children and youth in the total population decreased, the proportion of adults increased, and although Turkey still has a young population structure compared to countries with relatively older demographics, the number of the elderly population is very high in numerical terms”.
The report indicated that, according to demographic estimates, the world population in 2021 amounted to about 7,831 million and 718,605 people, including 764,321,000 and 142 elderly.
He noted that according to these estimates, older adults constituted 9.8% of the total population for the year in 2021, noting that the first three countries that recorded the highest percentage of elderly population are Monaco with 34.3%, Japan with 28.8%, and Italy with 22.8%, while Turkey ranks 68th out of 167 countries.