The phrase, “Did you know…” is one commonly used at cocktail parties and social gatherings to help spur conversation and stop awkward silences. But for those in senior housing, there are some things that you probably DIDN’T know about your age group. An article on huffpost50.com recently gave me pause to think about the aging population around the world and how expansive it is becoming. This “did ya know” list comes from a study compiled by the United Nations Population Fund, a group that is striving to put these issues toward the center of global attention. “This is something we need to put front an center. With the right policies in place in terms of health care and legal protection, we can reap dividends from longevity.” says executive director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin.
“10 Things You May Not Know About Older People” accompanied this study and can be found below. To see more on this article and view images, click this link.
- Every second, two people around the world celebrate their 60th birthday.
- In 1910, life expectancy for a Chilean female was 33 years. Today it is 85 years.
- On October 16th, 2011 British national Fauja Singh became the first 100 year-old to complete a marathon by running the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in Canada.
- In the United Kingdom, one third of the babies born in 2012 can expect to celebrate their 100th birthday.
- 65% of people over 60 live in less developed countries. Depite their growing share of their population in the developing world, however, less than one percent of humanitarion aid was targeted at older people in 2010-11.
- Born in Tennessee in 1896, Besse Cooper is the world’s oldest living person. On her 116th birthday this year she said: “I mind my own business. And I don’t eat junk food.”
- Japan is the world’s “oldest” country, with the highest concentration of people aged 60 and over.
- Forty-seven percent of males over 60 years old and 24 percent of females over 60 years old still participate in the labor force; in some developing countries, over 90 percent of people over 60 work.
- Harlan David Sanders, bettern known as Colonel Sanders, founded Kentucky Fried Chicken at the age of 65.
- Fewer than one in five older people globally have access to a pension.
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