In 2012 the number of older adults people in the Philippines has been estimated to reached a total of 5, 905,000 which is 6.1% of the total population. This statistic is predicted to significantly shift in 2050 with a 15.3% increase in total population share that could bring the total older adults population to reach 23, 633,000. A total of 1.3 million of these older adults are considered to be experiencing poverty while 7% are identified as highly dependent on the working members of their households (Philippine Statistics Authority 2012).
The phenomenon of an aging population has been observed to have affected the socio-economic dynamics in developed countries in Europe (Edwards 2003) and North America (Wolfe et al. 1998). However, recent studies have identified an emerging aging population in developing countries in Asia (Natividad and Cruz 1997), South America (Noronha and Andrade 2005) and Africa (Noumbissi 2004) that has created gaps in policies and programs due to the overemphasis in developing policies addressing a younger population. (free download)