Global Strategy and Action Plan on Health and Ageing

WHO, 2015.
For the first time in history, most people can expect to live into their 60s and beyond. By 2050, 1 in 5 people will be 60 years or older. A longer life brings great opportunities. Yet the extent to which we as individuals, and society more broadly, can benefit from these extra years depends heavily on one key factor: health. Evidence suggests that older people are not experiencing better health than previous generations, and that those who have experienced disadvantage across their lifetime have a higher risk of poor health. Implementing the strategy will help all older people continue to do the things that they value.

The vision of the Strategy is a world in which everyone can live a long and healthy life. Over the next five years, goals include implementing existing evidence to maximize functional ability, lling the evidence gaps and establishing partnerships to ensure a Decade of Healthy Ageing from 2020 – 2030. The strategy will be achieved through a focus on five strategic objectives. The Strategy’s implementation should be underpinned by the following principles: human rights, equity, equality and non-discrimination (particularly on the basis of age), gender equality, and intergenerational solidarity.


World report on ageing and health

WHO, 2015.
30 September 2015 - Comprehensive public health action on population ageing is urgently needed. This will require fundamental shifts, not just in the things we do, but in how we think about ageing itself. The World report on ageing and health 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 well-being of older people and in enabling their on-going participation in society.

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Global Age-friendly Cities: A Guide

WHO, 2007.
Population ageing and urbanization are two global trends that together comprise major forces shaping the 21st century. At the same time as cities are growing, their share of residents aged 60 years and more is increasing. Older people are a resource for their families, communities and economies in supportive and enabling living environ- ments. WHO regards active ageing as a life- long process shaped by several factors that, alone and acting together, favour health, participation and security in older adult life. Informed by WHO’s approach to active ageing, the purpose of this Guide is to engage cities to become more age-friendly so as to tap the potential that older people represent for humanity.

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