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Digital Inclusion and Ageing Societie

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The demographic landscape is undergoing a significant transformation, with a notable increase in the proportion of the elderly population. This shift is a pivotal factor in shaping public policy, particularly concerning the inclusion of older persons’ needs and their meaningful participation in the society.

Globally, the lack of meaningful and comprehensive data on the elderly has been highlighted—which is crucial for informed public policy. Comprehensive integration of ageing population into the social and economic fabric is a multifaceted issue, influenced by various factors such as including prevalence of natural disasters, regional conflicts, and socio-economic conditions that drive migration, and societal values.

As of 2022, the global population aged 65 years and older stands at approximately 800 million, representing 10% of the total population. For ASEAN, those aged 60 years and over is projected to increase to 127 million by 2035, almost double from the 59.5 million in 2015. The expected progress in economic development progresses is likely to increase life expectancy and an anticipated decline in birth rates, in line with global trend of an accelerating ageing demographic.

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