World Atlas on Ageing
WHO/WCK/TECH.SER/98.1
Document produced by the WHO Centre for Health Development, Kobe, Japan
Technical Units
Order Number    19300150
Price    CHF    32.00 / US$    38.40 Developing countries:    CHF    22.40
English     1998        138   pages
Summary
A collection of 64 colour maps, supported by statistical tables, charts, and explanatory text, portraying global trends in ageing for the years 1975, 1997, and 2025. As current trends are likely to have wide-ranging economic and social consequences in the 21st century, the atlas also presents selected socioeconomic statistics on the aged dependency ratio and the labour force, old-age security systems, expenditure on medical treatment of the elderly, and the impact of economic forces on the health of the elderly.
The atlas has three parts. The first uses charts, graphs, and tables to discuss key dimensions of global ageing. These include the evolution of ageing in the world, population growth and fertility, life expectancy and mortality, the typology of the age structure, demographic dimensions of ageing, and economic and social consequences.
These dimensions are graphically depicted in the maps, which form part two. To facilitate evaluation of the pace of ageing, variables are presented for the years 1975, 1997, and 2025. Apart from indicating the spatial distribution of ageing, these maps illustrate both the clear heterogeneity of the ageing process throughout the world and the especially rapid pace of ageing in the developing world, where more and more countries are moving from high mortality and high fertility to low mortality and low fertility.
Part three presents country-specific statistical tables indicating population, by age group, for the years 1975, 1997, 2025 and 2050, and the proportion of population, by age group, for the same years.