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September 2004

Population ageing in developing regions: focusing on the oldest old

by Libor Stloukal
Population and Development Service
FAO Gender and Population Division

This note takes a closer look at the oldest old defined here as persons aged over 70 years with the aim to highlight the expected changes in their relative numbers and sketch the implications for development interventions. The analysis is based on the 2002 revision of the UN population projection for the period 2000 to 2050. The overall conclusion is that in order to ensure sustainable rural development, the needs of the rural oldest old will have to be increasingly incorporated into policies and programmes.

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