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Demographic researchers divide countries into four categories, according to the share of the over-65 population: young (less than 7 percent aged 65 or over), aging (7-13 percent), aged (14-20 percent), and super-aged (more than 21 percent). Today, just three countries – Germany (21 percent), Italy (22 percent), and Japan (26 percent) – qualify as super-aged societies. By 2040 some 55 countries will be struggling to manage an older population, with the United States, China, Singapore, Thailand and Puerto Rico joining the ranks of the super-aged.France is expected to become super-aged in 2023 .It went from having the youngest population among G-7 countries in the early 1960s to being the world's oldest country in 2008 .Indeed, today the world's most rapidly aging country is South Korea, which became an aging society in 1999, is expected to become an aged one in 2017 and will be a super-aged one in 2027 .
This year all the world’s baby boomers are officially ‘old’
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