20% Grey Population by 2050

20% Grey Population by 2050
20% Grey Population by 2050

The global population of people aged 60 years and older will more than double from 542 million in 1995 to 1.2 billion in 2025, and 20% of the world’s population will grey by 2050, said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a message on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day observed globally on June 15.

“The distressing crime of elder abuse often occurs in quiet, private settings, making a vocal, public response that much more important. Let us strengthen our resolve to end this problem as part of our broader efforts to create a life of dignity for all,” he said, reports the UN Information Center.

Elder maltreatment can lead to serious physical injuries and long-term psychological consequences.

The incidence of abuse toward older people is predicted to increase as many countries are experiencing rapidly aging populations.

Elder abuse is a global social issue that affects the health and human rights of millions around the world which deserves the attention of the international community.