Ageing

In almost every country, the proportion of people aged over 60 years is growing faster than any other age group, as a result of both longer life expectancy and declining fertility rates. This population ageing can be seen as a success story for public health policies and for socioeconomic development, but it also challenges society to adapt, in order to maximize the health and functional capacity of older people as well as their social participation and security.

The Centre works closely with colleagues from around the world to conduct research on age-friendly environments, including the development of indicators for age-friendly cities. Taking advantage of its location in Japan, the Centre draws upon the specific expertise and experience of Japan. In collaboration with Japanese researchers the Centre is conducting research on identifying interventions and policies that can add healthy years to life.

fact buffet

395 millionthe number of people living to be 80 worldwide by 2050

Q&A on ageing

50 yearsthe difference in life expectancy of a Chilean women between 1910 (33 years) and 2010 (82 years)

Fact file on ageing

25%estimated percentage of the population over 85 years old by 2030 in Japan

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Call for Expression of Interest (EOI)

“Case studies on community-based initiatives that support older people in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)”
16 December 2015

WHO Kobe Centre is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) on evidence base for community-based support to assist older people remain autonomous and avoid dependency to the maximum possible extend. The community-based interventions will be located in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
Deadline for submission: 9 January 2015


Publications

Survey of Needs for Assistive and Medical Devices for Older People in Six Countries of the WHO Western Pacific Region

WHO Kobe Centre prepared the report of a survey of needs for assistive and medical devices for older people in six countries of the Western Pacific Region: China, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea and Viet Nam. The research identifies priority assistive and medical devices for older people, provides a better understanding of contributing factors for their availability and proposes approaches to improve access to high quality assistive and medical devices at an affordable cost in high-income and middle-income countries.

Report of the WHO Global Forum on Innovations for Ageing Populations

In 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) established the Global Forum on Innovation for Ageing Populations as an information exchange platform for diverse stakeholders to address the challenge of meeting the needs of older people in low resource settings with frugal innovations. The Global Forum held on 10-12 December 2013 in Kobe, Japan, brought together more than 170 expert participants from 21 countries for 3 days of rich discussion and debate.

Contact us

World Health Organization Centre for Health Development
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Chuo-ku, Kobe 651-0073
Japan
Telephone: (+81) 78-230-3100
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E-mail: wkc@who.int