Valuing older people: time for a global campaign to combat ageism

by Alana Officer, Mira Leonie Schneiders, Diane Wu et al.
Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2016;94:710-710A, October 2016

2 pp. 135 kB

Today, for the first time in history, most people can expect to live into their sixties and beyond. By 2050, the world’s population aged 60 years and older is expected to double to nearly 2 billion people, 80% of whom will live in low- and middle-income countries. The health of older people is unfortunately not keeping up with increasing longevity. The World report on ageing and health highlights great diversity in health and functioning in older age and marked health inequities in this group.1 There is little evidence to suggest that people today are experiencing older age in better health than previous generations.1

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