Trend in Population of older persons in Kenya
Article 260 of the Kenyan Constitution defines older persons as those aged 60 years and above.
Persons aged 60 and above are the fastest-growing segment of the population.
The first Kenya National Population Census Report in 1949, indicated a modest number of 270,000 older persons.
By 1999, the number of older persons had increased to 1.4 million.
Kenya’s elderly population increased from 1,943,715 in 2009 to 2,740,040 in 2019 thus representing an increase of about 41 per cent.
The majority of older persons in Kenya are female at 55 per cent.