Asia's population structure is following in the footsteps of other advanced economies. Like them, it is ageing - but at a much faster rate. The region's elderly population is projected to reach 923 million by the end of this century.
A greying population increases the weight on society's shoulders: 100 Singaporeans will support 35 older adults by 2030, up from 11 older adults in 2007. For China, the burden is even greater. By 2050, 100 working citizens will be supporting 44 who are retired.