UN call to help ageing nations
URGENT action is needed by governments to address the needs of the the world's growing ageing population, a United Nations report has found.
The population of over 60-year-olds will reach one billion within the decade and pose social and healthcare challenges, the Ageing in the 21st Century report said.
Among the most urgent concerns of older people is income security and healthcare.
The report said "investments in pension systems are seen as one of the most important ways to ensure economic independence and reduce poverty in old age."
The report also said more must be done to prevent discrimination and violence against older people, especially women.
Thirty years ago there were no "aged economies", in which consumption by older people surpassed that of youth.
In 2010, there were 23 aged economies and by 2040 the report expects that there will be 89.