By Roberto Arriola García, Mexican Society for Quality of Life Studies - President & CEO
The proportion of children and teenagers (people 0-14 years old) in Mexico has declined in recent years and has increased the population of adults and seniors citizens (30 and older), indicate the results of the 2015 Inter Census Survey, released this week by the National Institute of Geography and Statistics (INEGI).
The estimate of the Mexican population in March 2015 was 119.5 million inhabitants; of which 48.6% were men and 51.4% women. Data regarding elder Mexicans went from 6.2% of the total population in 2010 to 7.2% in 2015, which confirms that Mexico is passing slowly thru an aging process.
Elderly population doubled in Mexico in less than a quarter century. In 1990 this population group included only five million, for 2025 and 2050, it is estimated that it will increase to 17.2 and 32.4 million, respectively.
At this point, we need to review as a nation if our society is ready to protect a growing proportion of senior citizens than will require financial support, services and inexistent facilities thru the country.
To assure a decent quality of life standard for senior citizens must be a central command for reshaping future public policies in Mexico.
There is enough time to get ready. Lets do it now!
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