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Aussie bishops ahead of the curve on “grayby” boom

John L. Allen Jr. |  29 September 2017

ROME - On any list of mega-trends shaping Western societies these days, a pride of place has to go to aging, fueled by massive expansion in the elderly population. Demographers actually have a tongue-in-cheek term for what’s happening - the “grayby boom,” as opposed to the “baby boom” of yesteryear.

According to a 2010 report from the United Nations Population Division, by 2045 the number of older persons in the world (defined as those 60 and above) will exceed the number of children (15 and under) for the first time. The UN body identified this as a demographic trend of mammoth consequence, one “without parallel in the history of humanity.”

 


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