Long-Term Care in the Developing World Editorial| Volume 19, ISSUE 9, P728-730, September 2018

Long-term Care for Older Adults in Africa: Whither Now?

      The global population of older persons aged 60 years and older increased from 382 million (8.6%) in 1980 to 962 million (12.7%) in 2017. It is expected to double by 2050 to nearly 2.1 billion (21.3%). Two-thirds of the world's older persons live in the developing regions like Africa, where their numbers are growing faster than in the developed regions. By 2050, it is estimated that 8 in 10 of the world's older persons will be living in the developing regions. Africa is projected to increase its population of older persons by 229% between 2017 and 2050. Factors contributing to this trend include decreasing childhood mortality, improved health care, and decreasing total fertility rate.
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      However, compared with European, North American, and Asian countries, very little is known about care of older persons in the African subregion.
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