More than 400,000 elderly people at risk of poverty

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More than 400,000 elderly people live at risk of poverty in Portugal, with a maximum of 551 euros per month, according to data released today by Pordata, to mark the World Population Day.

For 90% of people aged 65 and over, retirement or pension is the main source of income.

In this age group, 9% remain in the labor market, with 240,000 people working or employed in agriculture.

The data gathered by the database of the Francisco Manuel dos Santos Foundation show that there are more than 500,000 elderly people living alone.

In analyzing the conditions of aging, Pordata also pointed out that of the 22 years of average life expectancy for a woman aged 65, only seven years will be healthy.

More than half of the seniors do not exercise and are overweight.

In 2001, the number of people aged 65 and older surpassed the number of children and young people under 15. Today, there are almost twice as many seniors as there are children and young people in Portugal.

In every 100 residents in the country, 13 are children or young people under 15, 63 are people of working age (15-64), and 24 are 65 or older.

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