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Spain has third oldest population
According to a study undertaken by Eurostat, 5.7 per cent of the population in Spain is now over 80 years old: the third highest rating in Europe.


In early October Los Realejos celebrated the International Day of Older Persons and honoured the village elders
In early October Los Realejos celebrated the International Day of Older Persons and honoured the village elders

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10.10.2015 - Figures for France are currently on a par with Spain so, out of the 28 Member States, both tie for third place, after Italy which has 6.4 per cent of its population aged over four score years, and Greece which sits at six percent.  The countries with the youngest populace at the moment are Ireland and Slovakia, with only three percent, closely followed by Cyprus at 3.1 per cent.

Europe-wide, there was 5.1 per cent of the population over 80 years old in 2014.  This can be put into perspective by comparing that figure with those for 2001 – where the average across the European nation was just 3.5 per cent.  Based on this rate of growth, it is expected that by 2080 the section of society in Europe that is over 80 years old will be a resource-stretching 12.3 percent, with Spain probably having 10.8 per cent by that time.

There are also some changes being foreseen in the spread of the over-80s as Slovakia can look forward to 16.3 per cent of their population – fast approaching one fifth – to be over the age in question.  Meanwhile, if the situation in Ireland continues as it is, the country will still sit at the bottom of the table, at just 7.4 per cent. 

With respect to the risk of slipping below the poverty line in old age, Spain is currently in eighth place, where approximately 14.5 percent of people presently aged 65 and over are finding themselves in this position.  Conversely, in Holland this danger sits at a little over six percent - the lowest in the EU.  OAPs in Bulgaria are faring much worse, where one out of every two seniors is dealing with poverty and social exclusion.

The study also examined the behaviour of seniors in the digital age.   More than a quarter (26 percent) of Spaniards between 65 and 74 years old use the internet,  putting them 16 points below the European average.  However, only 33 percent of internet-seniors use social networks: More often, namely 78 per cent of them, use emails; 77 per cent search for information and services; and 76 per cent read online news.  Only 17 out of 100 make purchases via the internet.

The Canary Islands can be a wonderful place to live the ‘third age’.   Many boroughs are already well equipped for dealing with the social lives of an older population, at least.   For the over-65s there are, for example, a variety of courses for handicrafts and sports, as well as numerous organised trips and excursions.   Older members of families are still well respected, and active retirees are much welcomed when it comes to the preparation of traditional festivals.

 

 



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In early October Los Realejos celebrated the International Day of Older Persons and honoured the village elders 
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