Letters Challenge of ageing populations

Ageing alongside and outside EU borders

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d4885 (Published 02 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4885
  1. Paul Kowal, scientist1,
  2. Sharon R Williams, assistant professor2,
  3. Somnath Chatterji, medical officer1
  1. 1WHO Multi-Country Studies Unit, CH-1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland
  2. 2Department of Anthropology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2059, USA
  1. kowalp{at}who.int

The challenges and contributions of ageing populations extend beyond EU borders to low and middle income countries (LMICs), where most older people live.1 By 2031, those over 65 years will exceed one billion, with 71% in less developed countries.2 Ageing will become the next public health challenge globally, not just for the EU.

Keeping people …

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