Aging people don't like young people

Elderly people

Ursula Lehr

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Prof. Dr. phil. Dr. H. c., born 1930; 1988 to 1991 Federal Minister for Youth, Family, Women and Health; Honorary member of many international scientific societies for psychology and for gerontology / geriatrics.

Address: Am B├╝chel 53b, 53173 Bonn.
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Publications a.o .: (co-author) Aging in our time, Stuttgart 1992; (Co-author) Aspects of Development in Middle and Elderly Age, Darmstadt 2000; Psychology of Aging, Wiesbaden-Heidelberg 2003 (10).

We live in an aging people. More and more older people face fewer and fewer younger ones.


We live in an aging people, yes in an aging world. More and more older people face fewer and fewer younger ones. In Germany, for example, 24% of the population were 60 years of age or older in 2000, but only 21% were younger than 20 years. In 2030, the proportion of people over 60 (35%) will be around twice as high as that of those under 20 (17%). But the proportion of people over 80, 90 and centenarians is also increasing. The percentage of people over 80 will double over the next 20 years; it rises from 3.6 to 7.4% to have reached 13.2% in 2050. There are currently almost 10,000 centenarians and older people living in Germany; in 2025 there will be 44,000 and in 2050 even more than 114,000, according to the United Nations World Population Aging report 1950-2050.

While most people are happy that they themselves and their loved ones have a longer life expectancy, on the social level exactly the same development is blamed for a variety of negative trends. In the meantime one speaks of "pension burden" and "care burden" and complains about the "longevity risk". Older people are held responsible for financial difficulties in the pension, health and long-term care funds.