The US Census Bureau, the fine folks that write you a letter every ten years asking how many toilets you have, have now released a study stating that within the next decade, people over the age of 65 will outnumber children under 5 for the first time in history. Unlike the toilet thing, this is pretty serious, with quite a few ramifications.
It forecasts that over the next 30 years the number of over-65s is expected to almost double, from 506 million in 2008 to 1.3 billion – a leap from 7% of the world's population to 14%. Already, the number of people in the world 65 and over is increasing at an average of 870,000 each month.
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Elderly to Outnumber Children Within Ten Years