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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.

Input into the Nursing Home Expert Panel on perspectives and experiences in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic

(17 June) The Alliance of Age Sector NGOs, represented by Age Action, is meeting with the Nursing Home Expert Panel to communicate perspectives and experiences in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on nursing homes, with a particular focus on planning the further responses to nursing homes’ needs over the next 18 months.  National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), chaired by the Government’s Chief Medical Officer, was established in January. It has been providing direction, guidance, support and expert advice on the development and implementation of Ireland’s strategic response to the pandemic. The Panel is due to report to the Minister for Health by end June 2020 and is has undertaken a public consultation details of which are available here.