BEIJING, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- The elderly population of BRICS countries hit 380 million as of 2015, accounting for 42 percent of the world's elderly population.
More than 200 million and 100 million elderly people in China and India respectively made up the the majority of the BRICS elderly population, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Representative Office in China and Renmin University at a BRICS conference on aging Wednesday
The statistics suggest that by the middle of the century, the elderly population of the five countries will reach 940 million, accounting for 45 percent of the world population.
Jointly held by China's national association on aging, Renmin University and the UNFPA Representative Office in China, the conference was the first international conference on aging held between BRICS countries.
"The conference will analyze the major problems related to the elderly population, to summarize the experience on how to cope with them, and to put forward suggestions and cooperation frameworks for BRICS and other countries to positively deal with an aging population," said Wang Jianjun, head of China's national association on aging.