New WHO World Report on Ageing and Health: creating a new vision for healthy ageing

1 October 2015 – On the International Day of Older Persons, WHO released the first World Report on Ageing and Health. For the first time in history, most people can expect to live into their sixties and beyond. Yet there is little evidence to suggest that older people today are experiencing better health than previous generations at the same age. A transformation in health and long-term care systems will be required.

Innovation is at the heart of further transforming our systems and societies to respond. Universal health coverage (UHC) provides an excellent opportunity to develop health and social delivery systems to support older persons as relevant to their socio-economic and environmental contexts. The global WHO Kobe Centre’s new ten year research strategy on UHC and innovation for ageing populations is documenting social, system and technological innovations that are fit for purpose and respond to the needs of older persons and to design coordinated and integrated health and social care systems.

Many innovations and models will be highlighted at the WHO Global Forum on Innovation for Ageing Populations, in Kobe on 7-9 October.

Second WHO Global Forum on Innovation for Ageing Populations 7-9 October 2015, Kobe, Japan

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Organized by the World Health Organization Centre for Health Development (WHO Kobe Centre), the Global Forum serves as a global platform to highlight and accelerate social and technological innovations for ageing populations worldwide. Participants will connect with a diverse network of innovators in policy, research, social sector, and business who share an interest in the health and welfare of older people. The languages of the Forum are English and Japanese with simultaneous interpretation.

Leaders from government, business, nonprofit, and academia will be featured in keynote and panel sessions.

This year’s theme, “IMAGINE TOMORROW”, will explore visions of transformation in communities, systems, and technologies for ageing populations worldwide.

The WHO Global Forum is a closed meeting with participants coming in by invitation only.

New WKC Publication: “Assistive technologies for ageing populations in six low-income and middle-income countries: a systematic review”

September 2015 - A new publication prepared by the WHO Kobe Centre, “Assistive technologies (AT) for ageing populations in six low-income and middle-income countries: a systematic review”, was published by the British Medical Journal Innovations (BMJ) on 11 September 2015. WKC conducted a systematic literature review of the current availability of AT, and existing legislation for provision of AT, for older adults in six low- and middle-income countries (LMIC), which are among countries with the highest estimated 65 and over population in the coming decades: Brazil, Cambodia, Egypt, India, Turkey and Zimbabwe.

The results indicated some degree of available AT designed for older adults with an impairment or disability, but limited AT to prevent such impairment or disability. The review identified a set of recommendations in moving forward. There is a need for a comprehensive, integrated health and social system approach to increase the current availability of AT for ageing populations in LMICs.

This research is part of WKC’s research agenda on universal health coverage, innovation and ageing populations.

Meeting of Pilot Sites of the Age-friendly City Core Indicator Guide

The WHO Kobe Centre (WKC) conducted a pilot study in 15 sites to test the feasibility of measuring indicators of age-friendly cities and communities in diverse contexts around the world.

The 15 pilot sites in 12 different countries each made their best attempt at gathering data to measure indicators aimed at addressing the accessibility of the physical environment, the inclusiveness of the social environment, the impact on quality of life, and the equity dimensions of each, all within the context of their local community.

Upon completion of the study, representatives of the pilot sites were convened in WHO Geneva Headquarters on 10-11 June, 2015, to discuss the importance of the adaptability of the indicators and other issues that will contribute to the finalization of the indicator guide.

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