The elderly population in OECD countries grew more than 1.5 times faster than the total population between 1995 and 2008. In the European Union, the ratio of elderly to working-age people is currently around 20%, and may increase to 45-55% by 2050.
Ageing patterns in cities differ in speed and magnitude from those in other areas, and have distinct impacts. UN statistics indicate that in developed countries, 80% of older people live in urban areas.
The report will propose recommendations for practical policy tools, governance structures, financial methods, and indicators that can be used by city governments.