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Ageing population globally

The world's population has been ageing at an unprecedented pace.
Ageing population globally
According to the projections of the United Nations, the number of people aged 60 or above will rise from 901 million in 2015 to 2,100 million in 2050, moving from 12% to 22% of the total world population.

Ageing population in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is facing an ageing population. The trend of an ageing population is expected to be more apparent in the years ahead.

Forcasted growth of elderly people aged 65 or above from 2015 to 2040

image Almost 1 in 3 people will be elderly people near to 2040
2015total population7,298,600
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15%
elderly people aged 65 or above
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85%
Non-elderly people
2020total population7,575,000
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18%
elderly people aged 65 or above
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82%
Non-elderly people
2030total population7,974,600
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26%
elderly people aged 65 or above
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74%
Non-elderly people
2040total population8,213,200
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30%
elderly people aged 65 or above
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70%
Non-elderly people
Hong Kong's ageing population is the combined result of rising life expectancy and declining fertility rate. As shown in the following diagrams, the increasing proportion of elderly people and declining proportion of younger people will result in an inverted population pyramid in 2040.

2015*

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2040*

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* Projected figures Male Female
Data Source: Hong Kong Population Projections published by the Census and Statistics Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in September 2015

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust's Elderly Strategy

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust ("The Trust") has taken a proactive role in tackling the challenges of ageing population, and stipulated building Hong Kong into an age-friendly city as one of the overarching strategic themes in the coming three to five years.

The Trust has developed an Elderly Strategy which aims to help elderly people extend their healthy and active years of life and enjoy more fulfilling lives.

Building Hong Kong into an age-friendly city spans across all strategic priority areas of the Trust's Elderly Strategy and provides a foundation for actions.
Four strategic priority areas under the Trust's Elderly Strategy:
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Exercise, Nutrition and Preventative Health
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Employment and Volunteering
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Intergenerational Harmony
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Mental Wellness

Initiated and funded by:

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Project partners:

  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • The University of Hong Kong
  • Lingnan University
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Jockey Club Institute of Ageing
  • Sau Po Centre on Ageing
  • Asia-Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies
  • Institute of Active Ageing
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