World Population Ageing 2020 Highlights

World Population Ageing 2020 Highlights: Living arrangements of older persons

Population ageing is occurring alongside broader social and economic changes taking place throughout the world. Declines in fertility, changes in patterns of marriage, cohabitation and divorce, increased levels of education among younger generations, continued rural-to-urban and international migration, and urbanization, in tandem with rapid economic development, are reshaping the context in which older persons live. This includes the size and composition of their households and their living arrangements. This report presents trends in living arrangements of older persons and discusses preliminary results of the analysis of the susceptibility of older persons to COVID-19. It concludes with a set of policy recommendations. The Annex provides selected indicators on the living arrangements of older persons by region, development group, country ort area.