26 March 2017 - Caregiving for people with dementia can take a heavy physical and emotional toll. To help caregivers, WHO has launched iSupport, a new online training and support programme. iSupport helps caregivers understand the impact of dementia, deal with challenging behaviors, provide good care, and take care of themselves.
4 April 2017 – Health is important in older age – especially mental health. Yet many older adults have depression or depressive symptoms. Although it is widespread, depression in older adults is too often neglected. This has a significant impact on quality of life, and prevents older adults from doing the things they value.
The theme of this year’s World Health Day is “Depression: Let’s Talk”. This year, learn about the signs of depression in older adults, and learn how to get help.
23 March 2017 - Research and measurement form an important basis for understanding Healthy Ageing and tracking progress towards these goals.
As a key step to developing better tools to measure Healthy Ageing, the World Health Organization is bringing together the best available evidence via the Working Group on Metrics and Research Standards on Healthy Ageing. The Working Group will summarize evidence, develop indicators to measure key concepts, and form a plan to test and refine these indicators.
Take a Stand Against Ageism
1 October 2016 - The theme for 2016’s International Day of Older Persons was “Take a Stand Against Ageism.” Research has shown that thinking more positively about ageing can increase life expectancy by 7.5 years. In recognising the serious and insidious impact of ageist attitudes and practices on the lives of older persons, WHO supported a global campaign against ageism in coordination with partners around the world.
1 April 2016 - A Supplement on Healthy Ageing, published in The Gerontologist expands upon the major themes of the recent WHO World report on ageing and health. The Report and the supplement demonstrate that if populations are to live not only longer but healthier lives, then decision makers, practitioners, and researchers will have to do more to address such topics as elder abuse, the determinants of Healthy Ageing, and medical and assistive health technologies. WHO’s Global strategy and action plan on ageing and health sets out a vision and clear framework for global action.