There are at least 33 Qataris aged 100 years or older, the Qatar Statistics Authority said in honor of yesterday’s World Health Day, which was held under the theme, “Good Health Adds Life to Years,” Gulf Times reports.
Despite the longevity of some nationals, less than .5 percent of Qatar’s population is comprised of locals aged 65 and older, according to the 2010 Census. Add older expats to that equation and the number increases to almost 1 percent.
Interestingly, the number of people in the world 60 years and older is expected to soon surpass the number of children aged less than five for the first time, the World Health Organization said.
And by 2050, 80 percent of the world’s older people will be living in low- and middle-income countries.