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Total Elderly

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In 2002 7% of the world population was over 65 years old. Only 1% of the population of the United Arab Emirates was over 65 years old. China has the largest elderly population (92 million) but this is only 7% of the Chinese population. Growing proportions of elderly people are partly a result of people living longer and, often, of fewer births reducing the size of the younger population. Africa is home to only 6% of the world's population aged over 65.

"We live in an era of unprecedented, rapid and inexorable global ageing." HelpAge International, 2005 (

This map shows the worldwide distribution of people over 65 years old.

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