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Trend of change in the elderly population

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With the gradual aging of the population structure, the support burden of the young and middle-aged population is also gradually increasing. The " old-age dependency ratio " mentioned in the theme of this article refers to the ratio of the dependent population over the age of 65 to the working-age population aged 15-64.

In the 60s, the old-age dependency ratio was 4.83. On average, every 20.7 young and middle-aged people supported 1 elderly. Later, with the advances in environmental health and medical care, resulting in a continuous increase in the elderly population, and the birth rate has been declining in recent years. By 2011, the old-age dependency ratio had gradually risen from 4.83 in the 1960s to 14.7. In 2021, the old- age dependency ratio came to 23.81, in other words, on average, every 4.2 young and middle-aged people will support 1 elderly, which shows that the burden of supporting is becoming increasingly heavy, and the large number of elderly care needs will become a serious issue.

Remark:old-age dependency ratio = elderly population÷young and middle-aged population×100

                                                  elderly population:population over 65

                                                  middle-aged population:population aged 15-64