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Issues for Older People in Developing Countries

Population ageing is a global phenomenon and is occurring faster in developing countries, which have less time to adjust to the consequences of this demographic transition.

By 2050, older people will account for 20% of the population in developing countries, the same ageing demographic currently experienced in developed countries.

What are the issues for older people in developing countries?

  • Lack of pensions and social protection support
  • Lack of access to age appropriate health services, particularly in relation to HIV/Aids
  • Age discrimination
  • Lack of consideration of older people in humanitarian response during times of emergency and/or conflict

You will find more detail on all of these below.

Income Security

Did you know globally, just one in five older people have a pension? In other words, 80% of older people in developing countries have no regular income.

Health

Old age is associated with health deterioration and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are one of the main reasons for this.

Age discrimination

Age discrimination is when someone is treated differently to another age group, with an unreasonable or disproportionate impact, simply because of their age. 

Older Women

Did you know that older women are more likely than men to be widowed, to live alone, to live more years in poor health & with disabilities and to deal with financial problems or live in poverty? 

HIV/Aids

Did you know there are around 3.5 million people over 50 years old living with HIV worldwide?

Humanitarian response

Older women and men in humanitarian crises face risks associated with age and related to adequate health care and nutritional support, mobility issues or visual and aural impairment.

A Fair Society for All? Listening to the Voices of Older People

Often, inequalities experienced by older people reflect an accumulated disadvantage which can be as a result of factors such as socio-economic status, health, gender, location. How existing inequalities impact on us as we age is something we in Age Action explored through a panel discussion 10 September – A Fair Society For All? Listening to the Voice of Older People – in Croke Park, on the occasion of the Annual General Meeting 2019.

An audience of over 160 people, including members of Age Action and people working in the ageing sector, joined the conversatoin which included a panel disucssion moderated by the CEO Paddy Connolly. The discussion centred on a discussion paper, Equality for All - Older People for Equality, published by Age Action in advance.The  panel set the scene with inputs from Michael Taft, Economist and political economy columnist, Colette Bennett, Policy Analyst Social Justice Ireland, Deirdre Garvey, CEO The Wheel, Ailbhe Smith, Co-Director of Together for Yes.