Overview of the elderly in Seoul

Trend of ageing in Korea

Source : KOSTAT, 「New estimates of future population」, 2009>

※ Reduction in working population(15∼64 years) after peaking in 2016(36.19 million)
※ Reduction in total population after peaking in 2018(49.34 million)

Ageing rate in major countries

  • Ageing rate in major countries
    ClassificationYear of arrivalYears required
    Ageing societyAged society
    (14%)
    Super-aged society
    (20%)
    Aged societySuper-aged society
    Korea200020182026188
    Japan1970199420062412
    Germany1932197220094037
    U.S.A.1942201520367321
    France18641979201811539

    Source : Ministry for Health, Welfare & Family Affairs,
    「KOSTAT data and in-depth analysis in comparison with low fertility & aged society basic plan」, Nov. 2006.

Trend of increasing elderly population and elderly people with dementia in Seoul

  • Trend of increasing elderly population and elderly people with dementia in Seoul
    Classification200820092010201120122020
    * Population of Seoul
    (Assumed as 10,186,556)
    10,192,71010,208,30210,186,55610,038,90510,035,4759,895,548
    Elderly population 65 years or older
    (% compared with city population)
    844,839
    (8.28%)
    935,757
    (9.2%)
    969,055
    (9.5%)
    986,596
    (9.83%)
    1,038,531
    (10.35%)
    1,470,507
    (14.86%)
    Elderly population with dementia
    (8.2% of elderly population)
    69,27676,73279,46280,90085,160120,580
    Elderly population with serious dementia
    (22% of the elderly with dementia)
    15,24016,88117,48117,79818,73526,527

    * Source: Estimated population of KOSTAT Population & Social Statistics Bureau, 2009
    (Population of Seoul and elderly residents 65 years or older for 2010~2020)

※ Calculation basis

□ Elderly population 65 years or older in Seoul : 969,055
· Basis : 2010 Statistical Report on Resident Population
- Total population of Seoul: 10,186,556 Proportion of population 65 years or older: 9.5%
□ Elderly population with dementia : 79,462
Calculation breakdown : Elderly population(969,055) × dementia prevalence(8.2%) = 79,462
- Evidence of dementia prevalence : 2002, THE PREVALENCE OF DEMENTIA IN OLDER PEOPLE IN SEOUL
□ Elderly population with serious dementia : 17,481
· Calculation breakdown : Elderly population with dementia(79,462) × Proportion of serious dementia(22%) = 17,481
- Basis for proportion of serious dementia : 2002, THE PREVALENCE OF DEMENTIA IN OLDER PEOPLE IN SEOUL