People are living longer and the number and share of older persons is growing. Persons aged 65 years and older accounted for almost 17 per cent of the population in the UNECE region in 2019. This proportion is expected to increase to 21 per cent by 2030 and 24 percent by 2050. Population ageing has been and will be impacting all spheres of society with the potential to transform labour and financial markets, education systems, the demand for goods and services, family structures, gender and intergenerational relations.

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