Vietnam’s aging rate among fastest in the world

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Vietnam old womanVietnam is among the countries with the fastest aging populations in the world, the country’s General Department of Population and Family Planning said at a meeting held on December 4 in Hanoi to launch the National Action Month on Population with the theme “An ageing population – Challenges in looking after the elderly.”

Vietnam’s average longevity in 2011 reached 73, an increase of 33 years of age after a period of 52 years. This increase rate is on the top list with the world’s average rise being just 22 years of age after the same period, Duong Quoc Trong, the head of the department, said. However, the average healthy longevity of Vietnam is very low, at 64, ranking 124 out of the 193 surveyed countries, Tuoi Tre News reported.

According to Vietnam’s latest population census, the country had more than 8.6 million aged 60 years old and older in 2011, representing nearly 10 percent of the population. Meanwhile, people of over 65 years old accounts for 7 per cent of the population. Of these elderly people, only 30 per cent have pension or government’s allowances and the same proportion are covered by health insurance.

In addition, each elderly person experiences 14 years of illnesses in their life spans on average. As much as 95 per cent of the elderly suffer from various illnesses, mainly chronic, such as cardiovascular, hypertension, diabetes. On average, each elderly people got 2.69 diseases.

Speaking at the meeting, Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Viet Tien said that Vietnam’s population is getting older, while healthcare policies and programmes for the elderly are unable to meet their rising demand.

Vietnam’s population reached 90 million on November 1, 2013, making the country the 3rd largest in population in Southeast Asia and the 14th most populous country in the world.

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Vietnam is among the countries with the fastest aging populations in the world, the country’s General Department of Population and Family Planning said at a meeting held on December 4 in Hanoi to launch the National Action Month on Population with the theme “An ageing population – Challenges in looking after the elderly.”

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Vietnam old womanVietnam is among the countries with the fastest aging populations in the world, the country’s General Department of Population and Family Planning said at a meeting held on December 4 in Hanoi to launch the National Action Month on Population with the theme “An ageing population – Challenges in looking after the elderly.”

Vietnam’s average longevity in 2011 reached 73, an increase of 33 years of age after a period of 52 years. This increase rate is on the top list with the world’s average rise being just 22 years of age after the same period, Duong Quoc Trong, the head of the department, said. However, the average healthy longevity of Vietnam is very low, at 64, ranking 124 out of the 193 surveyed countries, Tuoi Tre News reported.

According to Vietnam’s latest population census, the country had more than 8.6 million aged 60 years old and older in 2011, representing nearly 10 percent of the population. Meanwhile, people of over 65 years old accounts for 7 per cent of the population. Of these elderly people, only 30 per cent have pension or government’s allowances and the same proportion are covered by health insurance.

In addition, each elderly person experiences 14 years of illnesses in their life spans on average. As much as 95 per cent of the elderly suffer from various illnesses, mainly chronic, such as cardiovascular, hypertension, diabetes. On average, each elderly people got 2.69 diseases.

Speaking at the meeting, Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Viet Tien said that Vietnam’s population is getting older, while healthcare policies and programmes for the elderly are unable to meet their rising demand.

Vietnam’s population reached 90 million on November 1, 2013, making the country the 3rd largest in population in Southeast Asia and the 14th most populous country in the world.

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