An Aging World--demographics and challenges

Gynecol Endocrinol. 2008 Jan;24(1):1-3. doi: 10.1080/09513590701718364.


The world has seen enormous changes over the past century, including historically unprecedented declines in mortality rates and increases in population, followed by equally unprecedented declines in fertility rates. This century will see a new set of demographic challenges, including a mix of falling fertility rates alongside persisting worldwide population growth, and the subsequent aging of populations in both developing and developed countries. The 20th century was the century of population growth; the 21st century will go into the history books as the century of aging. A holistic approach to this new challenge of the 21st century will necessitate a quantum leap in multidisciplinary and internationally coordinated research efforts, supported by a new partnership between industry and governments, philanthropic and international organizations. This collaboration we hope will enrich us with a better understanding of healthy aging, permit us to help to improve quality of life, prevent the preventable, and postpone and decrease the pain and suffering of the inevitable.

Publication types

  • Editorial
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Birth Rate
  • Female
  • Global Health*
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • Humans
  • Life Expectancy
  • Male
  • Population Dynamics*