The ‘pipol’ is aging faster in Colombia, according to the Dane

The entity added that 13.9% of the population, almost 7.1 million people, is 60 years old or older.

In Colombia there is an accelerated demographic aging of the population. This was announced by the director of the National Administrative Department of Statistics (Dane), Juan Daniel Oviedo, who indicated that 13.9% of the population, around 7.1 million people who reside in Colombia, are 60 years of age or older.

“The 2018 population and housing census, with other statistical operations, confirm the more accelerated demographic aging of the Colombian population than we had expected according to the 2005 census. It is important to say that more than 23,000 people with 100 years are in the country, where the characteristics show us that This population group reflects a very important vulnerability with a higher prevalence of chronic diseases, as well as the heart, to this is added that 76% of confirmed and suspected COVID-19 deaths were in people over 60 years of age, “he explained.

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Oviedo, who participated in the XV International Congress on Aging and Healthy Old Age, which is taking place in Cartagena, stated that the aging of people in the country is reflected in specific cities.

This aging structure is not distributed homogeneously, but we have the coffee region standing out as the area with the highest prevalence of adults, the economic conditions in Caldas establish that in 2026 it will enter into a demographic tax situation that means that the population over 60 years old and under 15 years old will grow faster than the economically active population in the department ”.

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He also highlighted that in pension matters the inequity that exists in this population is confirmed. “It becomes very important that only 25.5% of people enjoy a pension in cities where informality has been low, such as Manizales, Medellín and Bogotá, where we have a higher proportion of people enjoying their pension., while in the cities of the Caribbean coast there is greater informality, especially in Sincelejo, Riohacha, Valledupar, in addition to Cúcuta we see a lower prevalence of people enjoying their pension, despite being old, that is an inequity in the elderly population which are defined by territorial entities ”, he concluded.

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