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Facts about Ageing

The rapid ageing of the global population is one of the major global demographic trends, driven by the reduction of fertility and increasing longevity. The global share of people aged 60 years or over increased from 9.2 per cent in 1990 to 11.7 per cent in 2013, and will continue to grow as a proportion of the world population, reaching 21.1 per cent by 2050. The number of people aged 60 years or over is expected to more than double, from 841 million people in 2013 to more than 2 billion in 2050 (United Nations, 2013). In most regions and countries, the population aged 60 or more is growing faster than younger adults and children (United Nations, 2013), and this has important consequences for the family, the labour market, and health and social care systems. 

This ageing transformation poses formidable challenges: how to sustain an adequate standard of living and quality of life for older people, and to provide appropriate services and facilities such as health and social care, while ensuring the effectiveness and financial sustainability of our systems and institutions. However, this demographic shift also offers considerable opportunities for society through the development of new technologies, new models of working, along with targeted interventions and prevention strategies to improve health and quality of life.

Through multi-disciplinary teaming, Trinity EngAGE offers timely and relevant discoveries, resulting in innovations that move to market sooner. Knowledge generated by researchers is balanced with an emphasis on public engagement to encourage individuals to advocate for their own health and well-being. Our goal for Trinity EngAGE is engaged scholarship: to build relationships and advance knowledge so that civic leaders, world-class researchers, and entrepreneurs emerge

Trinity EngAGE Challenge: To keep people very healthy to the end of life

Trinity EngAGE Opportunity: To enhance the contributions older people make to society


Last updated 7 December 2015 pwalsh1@tcd.ie.