Populations around the world are rapidly ageing, with some of the fastest change occurring in low and middle income countries. Promoting healthy and active ageing, and building systems to meet the needs of older adults, will be central to fostering healthy ageing in every country. As requested by World Health Resolution 67/13, a comprehensive Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health is currently under development. Draft zero is available now for wide consultation. It focuses on what needs to be done globally, and is intended to provide a global vision beyond what WHO alone can do.
May 2015 -- WHO has called on countries to invest in health and social systems to improve care and services for people with dementia and their caregivers in the report: “Dementia: a public health priority”. The Netherlands National Dementia Programme, created in consultation with caregivers, has set national treatment and housing standards for people with dementia. The following story highlights a Dutch care facility with a focus on community.
6 November 2014 -- A major new Series on health and ageing, published in "The Lancet", warns that unless health systems find effective strategies to address the problems faced by an ageing world population, the growing burden of chronic disease will greatly affect the quality of life of older people. As people across the world live longer, soaring levels of chronic illness and diminished wellbeing are poised to become a major global public health challenge.
1 October 2014 -- On the International Day of Older Persons, WHO is launching a new website, Age-friendly World. This long-awaited resource is targeted at cities and communities that have already introduced initiatives that make life easier and more enjoyable for older people, and for others who are thinking about taking the first steps, or interested in simply finding out more. The site provides guidance and tools for starting, implementing and evaluating age-friendly initiatives, as well as information on projects that are already up and running around the world.
2 billion2 billion people will be aged 60 and older by 2050. This represents both challenges and opportunities.10 facts on ageing and the life course
4-6%Around 4-6% of older persons in high-income countries have experienced some form of maltreatment at home.Fact sheet: elder maltreatment
25-30%of people aged 85 or older have some degree of cognitive decline.Facts about ageing