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By Pranitha Maharaj (auth.), Pranitha Maharaj (eds.)

ISBN-10: 1441983562

ISBN-13: 9781441983565

Population getting older is an issue of world main issue. It frequently happens in tandem with adjustments within the wellbeing and fitness profile of the inhabitants. In Africa, many nations are already dealing with a excessive burden of communicable ailments. despite the fact that, as increasingly more childrens live to tell the tale formative years and movement directly to grownup years and previous age also they are prone to adventure illnesses linked to the getting older procedure. inhabitants getting older in Africa is happening within the context of excessive degrees of poverty, altering family members constructions, an enormous sickness burden, fragile wellbeing and fitness structures and vulnerable or poorly controlled govt associations. This booklet indicates that getting older is probably going to steer to elevated social and monetary calls for for the continent. even if, such a lot nationwide governments in Africa have yet to deal with the difficulty of ways to reply successfully to the desires of the older inhabitants. this may require a greater realizing of the socio-economic and demographic state of affairs of the older inhabitants in Africa. This e-book fills the gaps that exist by way of exploring the social realities of inhabitants getting older in Africa. It additionally makes a speciality of the coverage and programmatic responses, gaps and destiny demanding situations regarding getting older around the continent.

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2006). Labor force withdrawal of the elderly in South Africa. In B. Cohen & J. ), Ageing in Sub-Saharan Africa: Recommendations for furthering research. Washington DC: The National Academies Press. Lesthaeghe, R. (2000). Europe’s demographic issues: Fertility, household formation and replacement migration (United Nations Expert Group meeting on policy responses to population ageing and population decline). New York: United Nations. Lloyd-Sherlock, P. (2000). Population ageing in developed and developing regions: implications for health policy.

In 2009, 8% of the Eastern African population was aged 80 years and over, and by the year 2050 it will increase by just one percent to 9%. In Western Africa the percentage of the oldest old group will increase from 6% in 2009 to 8% in 2050. Thus, life expectancy of the oldest cohort will not see much change in this region over the decades. Similarly, Central Africa will experience 2 Population Ageing in Africa 33 80+ Central 60+ Western Eastern Northern Southern 0 20 40 60 80 100 Fig. 18 The sex ratio of the ageing population.

Over the period of 100 years, from 1950 to 2050, the older population in Europe is expected to increase threefold. 4 The Profile of the African Ageing Population Projections reveal that the number of people aged 60 years and over is expected to rise over the next few decades. 1 indicates that the number of people aged 60 and over was 53,770,000 in 2009, and this is projected to increase to 212,763,000 in 2050 (United Nations 2008a). In 2009, the population aged 60 and over accounted for 5% of the total African population, and this is expected to increase to 11% by 2050.

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