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.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
15 June 2016 - One in ten older adults worldwide were abused in the last month. This means that physical, psychological, or sexual abuse was inflicted upon older people, at home or in care, or that older adults were neglected or abandoned. Victims can suffer anxiety, loneliness, loss of dignity, trust and hope. Elder abuse is preventable. The recently adopted Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health calls for urgent action to prevent and respond to elder abuse. Get involved. Everyone has a role to play to help ensure that older people live in safety.
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 aging, and medical and assistive health technology. WHO’s Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health, which Ministers of health from around the world will discuss at the upcoming World Health Assembly in May, sets out a vision and clear framework for global action.
24 November 2015 - Photos can help break down the stereotypes that we often associate with ageing. As the first entries in our Instagram campaign to challenge ageism show, people in older age from around the world continue to play valuable roles in their families and communities.
If you are an older person: post a photo of yourself celebrating that you are #YearsAhead. If you are a younger person: post a photo of, or a selfie with, someone you value who is #YearsAhead. Photos can be submitted on Instagram or Twitter, using the hashtag #YearsAhead, or sent to email@example.com, with the subject line: YearsAhead.