Health topics


A man sits with a boy beside a lake in a park. © Paul Versluis, SeniorStock, provided by Grantmakers in Aging

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.


World report on ageing and health

This report, released for the International Day of Older Persons on 1 October 2015, outlines a framework for action to foster Healthy Ageing built around the new concept of functional ability. Making these investments will have valuable social and economic returns, both in terms of health and wellbeing of older people and in enabling their on-going participation in society.