World population aging – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. At the same time the baby-boom generation in the US is turning 65, the population world-wide is poised to make a similar demographic shift. And why?
Suzman: It's first fertility.
Narrator: Population expert Dr. Richard Suzman explains that a combination of fewer children per couple or woman, combined with increases in life expectancy are the two key factors.
Suzman: That’s the metabolism of population.
Narrator: Dr. Suzman says that within about five or ten years, for the first time in human history, there will be more people over age 65 in the world than children under age 5. For more information on world population issues and research on aging, visit www.nia.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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