Bulgaria ranked 47th in new global index of caring for the elderly

Bulgaria placed 47th out of 91 countries ranked in a new index on caring for the elderly.

The index was released on October 1, the UN Day of Older Persons, and is based on various indicators including income and employment, health provision, education and environment.

According to the report, entitled the Global AgeWatch Index and compiled by the United Nations Population Fund and advocacy group HelpAge International, in 2012 people older than 60 made up 25 per cent of Bulgaria’s population.

Projections are that by 2030, this proportion will rise to 29.9 per cent, and to 36.3 per cent by 2050.

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