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Opportunities of Ageing Societies

In 20 years' time half the population will be over 50, bringing new challenges - but many benefits - to all

Sarah Harper, Oxford Institute of Ageing

So the UK is ageing. But the UK is not alone. Population ageing is a global challenge. Over the next 50 years, the age composition of nearly every country is expected to move to one in which the old outnumber the young. In 20 years' time half the population of Europe will be aged over 50. So the recent announcement from the Office for National Statistics that the UK now has more pensioners than children under 16 simply places us in line with world trends