Facts and figures:

In 2050, there will be more persons over 60 than children in the world

Between 1950 and 2010 life expectancy worldwide rose from 46 to 68 years

Almost 700 million people in the world are now over the age of 60

Around the world, two persons celebrate their sixtieth birthday every second

By 2050, there will be 64 countries where older people make up more than 30 per cent of their population

Women outnumber men by an estimated 66 million among those aged 60 years or over

Source: UNFPA and HelpAge International

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