Turkey’s elderly population has risen by 22.5 percent over the past five years, according to statistics released by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) on March 18.
TÜİK stated that the population of people over the age of 65 in Turkey had risen to 7.95 million in 2020, up from 6.49 million in 2015.
The proportion of the elderly population in terms of the total population was 9.5 percent in 2020, up from 8.2 percent in 2015.
Some 44.2 percent of the elderly population was made up of men and 55.8 percent of women.
The elderly dependency ratio, made up of the number of elderly people per hundred people of working age, was 14.1 percent in 2020, up from 12.2 percent in 2015.
The province with the highest proportion of elderly people in 2020 was the Black Sea province of Sinop with 19.8 percent.