TODAY: U.N. Ageing Report Author Phone Press Conference - 2 p.m. ET

New U.N. Report Calls On Countries to Plan for Increasingly Ageing Populations

What: A landmark report, Ageing in the Twenty-First Century: A Celebration and a Challenge, is being released this week by the United Nations Population Fund and HelpAge International. The report includes new data, success stories and recommendations for the way forward to ensure a society for all ages.

Who: Leading experts on ageing, demographics and global population, will hold an audio press conference on Thursday, October 4.

  • Richard Blewitt, CEO, HelpAge International, publication partner
  • Jose Miguel Guzman, Ph.D., report author, Chief, Population and Development Branch, United Nations Population Fund
  • Martha Farnsworth Riche, Ph.D, former director, U.S. Census Bureau

When & Where: AUDIO PRESS CONFERENCE, Thursday, October 4, 2012, 2:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. PT). Call in number: 888-254-3590. Passcode: Ageing

Why: The number of older persons is growing faster than any other age group in the United States and around the world. The report underscores that while the trend of ageing societies is a cause for celebration, it also presents huge challenges, as it requires completely new approaches for health care, retirement, living arrangements, intergenerational relations and human rights.

Some facts from the report:

  • The U.S. has the third highest number of older people age 60+ (only China and India are higher).
  • By 2050, the U.S. 80+ population will nearly triple.
  • The world is growing old fast. In the next 10 years, the number of people over age 60 will surpass one billion, with world population between 7 and 8 billion.

Online: For the full report, summary and press releases (English and Spanish):
Speaker bios: Blewitt, Farnsworth Riche
Related news stories from Japan: AP, Agence France Press, BBC

For more information, contact:

Contacts: Nancy Bennett, 800-834-1110
Kathy Bonk or Phil Sparks, 202-326-8700
Or cell: 202-258-6767

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- Oct. 4, 2012/

SOURCE United Nations Population Fund