Ageing and life-course


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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.

World Health Day 2017

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.

Towards better measurement of Healthy Ageing

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.

International Day of Older Persons 2016

woman from zimbabwe smiling
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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.

A global course for Healthy Ageing

A woman holds a young girl in her arms.
© Frederic Dupoux / HelpAge International 2011

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.

Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health

To ensure adults live not only longer but healthier lives a comprehensive Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health 2016-2020 and a related resolution were adopted in May 2016 by the World Health Assembly. The aim of the strategy is for every country to commit to action on healthy ageing. It calls for the development of age-friendly environments and the alignment of health systems to the needs of older populations. It envisages the development of sustainable and equitable systems of long-term care, and improved measurement, monitoring and research. It emphasizes equity and human rights, including the important role of involving older adults in all decisions that concern them.

World report on ageing and health 2015

October 2015 -- Comprehensive public health action on population ageing is urgently needed. This will require fundamental shifts, not just in the things we do, but in how we think about ageing itself. The World report on ageing and health outlines a framework for action to foster Healthy Ageing built around the new concept of functional ability. This will require a transformation of health systems away from disease based curative models and towards the provision of older-person-centred and integrated care.

Age-friendly cities and communities in practice

September 2015 -- Cities and communities world-wide strive to become more age-friendly. They seek to better adapt to the needs of their ageing populations. But what are they actually doing? Browse the new database to find out. Small measures can make a big difference. They are shared here by communities, for communities.

About ageing and life-course

Populations around the world are rapidly ageing. This is a cause for celebration. In part it reflects our successes in dealing with childhood disease, maternal mortality and in helping women achieve control over their own fertility.

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