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More pensioners than infants for first time in history

21 July 2009

The number of people aged over 65 is on course to overtake the number of infants for the first time in history, a study has found. The trend is most prevalent in the developed world and is now rapidly gaining pace in the developing world. Richard Suzman, from the National Institute of Ageing in Maryland, which commissioned the new study by the US Census Bureau, said: "Global ageing is changing the social and economic nature of the planet." [Telegraph, 20 July]

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