The World Health Assembly resolution related to the WHO Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health, adopted in May 2016, calls on the Director-General to develop, in cooperation with other partners, a Global campaign to combat ageism and achieve the ultimate goal of enhancing the day-to-day experience of older people and to optimize policy responses.
1st October is the United Nations International Day of Older Persons. The theme for this year’s day is “Take A Stand Against Ageism”. Ageism, the stereotyping and discrimination against people on the basis of age, which causes serious social prejudice with significant consequences for older people.
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In 2014, the World Health Assembly asked the Director-General to develop a comprehensive Global strategy and action plan on ageing and health. After consideration by the Executive Board in January 2016 and by the Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly “Multisectoral action for a life course approach to healthy ageing: global strategy and plan of action on ageing and health” (Document A69/17) and a related resolution (A69.3) were adopted in May 2016.
Executive summary Ageing is a lifelong and inevitable process. It is a progressive change in the physical, mental and social status of individuals, which begins right from the mother’s womb. The nourishment and care that the mother and her unborn baby receive determine how the newborn will fare in the world. Exposure to behavioural health risks such as smoking, alcohol consumption, poor diet, a sedentary lifestyle or to toxic substances at work also influences health outcomes in older age.
Yogyakarta Declaration on Ageing and Health 2012
The Health Ministers of Member States of the WHO South-East Asia (SEA) Region, participated in the Thirtieth Health Ministers' Meeting in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and noted with concern that an estimated 142 million people, or 8% of the population of the WHO SEA Region, are above the age of 60 years, and that this number will continue to increase and by 2025 the estimated proportion of the population over 60 years will be twice that of 2000, and by 2050 will have further increased to three times the proportion of 2000.
2 billion2 billion people will be aged 60 and older by 2050. This represents both challenges and opportunities.10 facts on ageing and health
4-6%Around 4-6% of older persons in high-income countries have experienced some form of maltreatment at home.Elder abuse
25-30%of people aged 85 or older have some degree of cognitive decline.Facts about ageing