The publication “Ageing Europe –looking at the lives of older people” from Eurostat provides a broad range of statistics that describe the everyday lives of the EU’s older generations.

Population ageing is a phenomenon that affects almost every developed country in the world, with both the number and proportion of older people growing across the globe, and this affects most aspects of society and the economy, including housing, healthcare and social protection, labour markets, the demand for goods and services, macroeconomic and fiscal sustainability, family structures and intergenerational ties. At the start of 2019, 101.1 million people in the EU had reached the age of 65 –20%of the total population. By 2050, this share is projected to increase to 29%. The ageing is mainly due to a long-term fall infertility rates and increased life expectancy.The publication looks at different socioeconomic indicators by age groups providing a detailed picture of the lives of older people across the EU in six areas:

  • Population developments
  • Housing and living conditions
  • Health and disability
  • Working and moving into retirement
  • Pensions, income and expenditure
  • Social life and opinions

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