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Cognitive skills, such as intelligence, knowledge, language and complex problem-solving skills are likely to increase until the age of 60.
Biological ageing is only loosely associated with person age in years. Some 80 year-olds have physical and mental capacities similar to many 20 year-olds.
Although some of the variations in older people’s health reflect their genetic inheritance, most is due to their physical and social environments, and the influence of these environments on their opportunities and health behaviour (diet, physical activity, smoking, alcohol consumption).
By 2060, the fastest growing part of the EU's population will be the over-80 age group.
Life expectancy at birth in Europe is currently highest in Spain (83.2 years), Italy (82.9 years) and Cyprus (82.5 years). In Malta, people can expect to spend the largest part of their lives in good health (72.7 years for females and 71.6 years for males).
The number of people worldwide who are aged 60 years and over was 605 million in 2000 and is expected to increase to 2 billion by 2050. That’s almost equal to the entire population of China, the US, Russia and Japan combined.