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.
This assessment report, prepared by WHO, outlines the health status of older people in Ghana, as well as what has already been done by the government to respond to the health needs of its ageing population. Representatives from the Ministry of Health of Ghana, the Ghana Health Service and other key stakeholders have discussed the findings of the report and agreed on priority areas for action for the care of older people in Ghana. This work is part of the WHO project “Knowledge Translation on Ageing and Health”, developed in partnership and with financial support from Age UK. The next country assessment and policy dialogue will be held in China.
Care and independence in older age
Many people are able to age in good health and remain active participants in society throughout their lives. But others experience physical and cognitive limitations, and may lose the ability to live independently. A recent high level meeting in the Hague explored what can be done to maintain independence in older age, and how to build systems that can provide quality and affordable care for those who need it.
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