The pace of global ageing is alarming: According to estimates, by the year 2050 there will be more people over the age of 60 than children under the age of 15 living on our planet– 80% of them in developing countries. Already today most of them do not have a regular income and are therefore living in extreme poverty. Those who have a job are forced to work physically hard for starvation wages till the end of their lives. These older people have no social security whatsoever. Only a few of them receive a pension.The potential, the knowledge and the commitment of old people are often ignored by their societies and development policy makers. None the less elderly people achieve tremendous things: For instance more than half of the Aids orphans in Southern Africa are raised by their grandparents, because the middle generation – the parents of the children – has died from Aids. These accomplishments have to be recognized, the marginalization of older people in developing countries has to stop and the effects of global ageing must be brought to public attention.


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