World Health Day 2012

Ageing and Health

Good health adds life to years

Good health adds life to years

Ageing and health is the topic of this year's World Health Day. The theme of the day is ‘Good health adds life to years’.

Over the past century life expectancy has increased dramatically and the world will soon have more older people than children. The 2001 census counts the proportion of Indian population above the age of 60 years as 77 million that is about 7.4% of the entire population. Healthy ageing is a priority area of global concern for the World Health Organization.

To commemorate the World Health Day, the WHO Country Office for India in collaboration with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare will hold a one-day national meeting on 07 April 2012 at AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences), New Delhi. Topic of discussion is Ageing & Health. WHO-India will also be conducting series of advocacy meetings throughout the country to further sensitize targeted stakeholders. The focus is to promote how good health throughout life can help older men and women lead full and productive lives and be a resource for their families and communities.

Ageing concerns each and everyone – whether young or old, male or female, rich or poor – no matter where we live.Globally, the population is ageing steadily. One of the biggest social transformations is population ageing. For the past century and more mankind has been adding years to life. More people now survive the challenges of childbirth and childhood and live longer through adulthood to reach old age. This trend is not restricted to the resource-rich countries but has become a global phenomenon.

This World Health Day, the agenda is to address the issues this demographic shift entails and how best we prepare ourselves. The World Health Organization is committed to support the Government of India in promoting healthy ageing as a way of life.