The world is aging— drastically. By 2050 one third of the world’s population will be over 60. This tremendous achievement in longevity also comes with challenges. In a new publication, Global Aging Report: Threats to Longevity, the International Longevity Center Global Alliance (ILC Global Alliance) outlines the urgent need for the global community to work together to combat the increasing threats to longevity around the world.
Global Aging Report is a collaborative effort of the ten members of the ILC Global Alliance— the United States, Japan, France, Great Britain, the Dominican Republic, India, South Africa, The Netherlands, Argentina and Israel. Together, these centers present a detailed portrait of the realities of population aging around the world and articulate a call to action to effectively meet the challenges of this increased longevity.
The world is experiencing an unprecedented aging of populations in both developing and developed countries. By 2025, it is anticipated that 80 percent of all the persons over sixty-five will be living in the developing world. Across the generations, persons are struggling with infectious diseases including AIDS, lack of food and water, poor health care delivery and they are often denied basic human rights.
“There are great challenges in our aging world, but they can be solved,” says Dr. Robert Butler, president and CEO of the International Longevity Center-USA and founding member of the ILC Global Alliance. “It is imperative nations work together, and learn from each other—comparing policy and cooperating in scientific and scholarly activities. That is the mission of the ILC Global Alliance.”