The world is not ready for the mass of ageing baby boomers

by camille.hebert on October 2, 2013 - 12:30pm

It is alarming to know that the amount of elderly is coming to a point that we never experienced before. We have to innovate and find new ways to take care of them, since we can’t refer to previous experiences to guide us.

In 2025, the percentage of population over 65 will double. In developing countries, this percentage will triple. In 2050, for the first time in history, there will be more people over 65 than young people under 15. The United Nations, finding that there was not enough data collected on the condition of elder people, decided to create a new way of comparing the quality of life of elderly people in different countries: the Global Ageing Index. This index compares the income security, health status, employment and education and enabling environment around the world. On a scale of 100, the best country in the world for ageing people is Sweden, with a score of 89.9, and the worst is Afghanistan with a score of 3. Canada comes in the 5th position with a score of 88. The study reflected that countries are not working fast enough to keep up with a population ageing faster than ever. In developing countries, even government workers don’t have access to a pension, so they have to work for their whole life, even when they are sick.

In Quebec, the ageing population issue affects us directly as we already have to deal with an engorged health system. As the population over 65 will have doubled in 2025, we will have to put even more money in health care to keep a good quality of life for our elders.

For more information on the Global Ageing Index and to see every country’s score, visit: