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April-17-98

Population of Older Women to Double by 2025

The number of women over 60 in the world will double to 645 million by the year 2025, according to a new study by the U.S. Census Bureau. The study, “Gender and Aging: Demographic Dimensions,” reported that almost 75 percent of those women will be living in developed nations.

“Older women are more likely to be widowed, to live alone and to live in poverty,” says the report. “Older women tend to have lower educational attainment, less formal labor force experience and more family care-giving responsibilities than do older men.”

Census demographer Victoria A. Velkoff said publicizing the problems older women will face is “Part of the reason for writing these briefs.”

Media Resources: AP - April 17, 1998


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