Elderly population increases 22 pct over five years

Elderly population increases 22 pct over five years

Elderly population increases 22 pct over five years

Turkey’s elderly population has risen by 21.9 percent over the past five years, according to statistics released by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) on March 18.

TÜİK stated that the population of people over the age of 65 in Turkey had risen to 7.55 million in 2019, up from 6.65 million in 2014.

The proportion of the elderly population in terms of the total population was 9.1 percent in 2019, up from 8.0 percent in 2014.

Some 44.2 percent of the elderly population was made up of men and 55.8 percent of women.

The elderly dependency ratio, made up of the number of elderly people per hundred people of working age, was 12.3 percent in 2016, up from 11.1 percent in 2012.

The province with the highest proportion of elderly people in 2019 was the Black Sea province of Sinop with 18.8 percent.

Sinop was followed by the northern province of Kastamonu with 17.7 percent and the Central Anatolian province of Çankırı and the Black Sea province of Artvin with 16.4 percent.

The province with the lowest proportion of elderly people was the southeastern province of Şırnak with 3.3 percent, followed by the southeastern province of Hakkari with 3.4 percent and Şanlıurfa with 3.9 percent.

Meanwhile, in 2019 there were 5,567 centenarians in Turkey.

The top three provinces with the highest number of centenarians were Istanbul, with 763, the capital Ankara, with 275, and the Black Sea province of Giresun, with 242.

The three provinces with the lowest number of centenarians were the northern province of Bayburt, with five, the Central Anatolian province of Karaman and the northeastern province of Ardahan six each.

On average, for people aged 65 in Turkey, the average remaining life span is 17.9 years, 16.2 years for men and 19.4 years for women.

In other words, women are expected to live 3.2 years longer than men on average.

The figures reveal that 1.3 million elderly people live alone in Turkey. According to the statistics, 75.7 percent of the elderly people living alone were women and 24.3 percent were men.

According to the results of the life satisfaction survey, the proportion of individuals aged 18 and over who declared to be happy was 52.4 percent, compared to 58.6 percent for individuals aged 65 and over.

When the general happiness level of the elderly is examined by gender, 56.9 percent of men and 59.9 percent of women stated that they were happy.

According to the results announced by TÜİK, 65.5 percent of the employed elderly population is in agriculture, 27.3 percent in services sector, 4.7 percent in industry sector and 2.5 percent in the construction sector.

The figures show that while the proportion of individuals in the 65-74 age group using the internet was 5.0 percent in 2014, this rate increased to 19.8 percent in 2019.