[games_access] Solid statistics for GDC 2006 from OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)

Barrie Ellis barrie.ellis at oneswitch.org.uk
Tue Jan 24 17:51:42 EST 2006


"Ageing Populations : High Time for Action

1. Ageing : the challenges ahead

Population ageing is gathering momentum

Over the past decade, there has been heated debate on the socio-economic 
consequences of population ageing. The trends are clear. People are living 
longer and longevity will continue to improve in coming decades, while 
fertility has declined and is likely to remain below reproduction rates in 
the predictable future. As a result, the number of elderly people will rise 
significantly relatively to the number of people of working age (Chart 1). 
Today, the population over age 65 represents 20% to 30% of the population 
aged 20-64 in G7 countries.1 At current trends, this dependency ratio will 
reach 35% to over 50% by 2030, and 40% to more than 70% by 2050. Population 
ageing is more pronounced in Japan and some European countries (notably 
Italy and Germany), than in Canada and the United States, and starting 
positions are also different across countries. But the process is proceeding 

It can be argued that population ageing is nothing new. The process is 
gaining momentum, however. In less than a decade, the dependency ratio will 
rise in most G7 countries by as much as it did over the past three decades."

March 2005 - OECD

It would be good to tie this up with some stats around how many older people 
are using I.T. now.


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