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.


The Global strategy and action plan on ageing and health

On May 26, 2016, member states adopted the Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health 2016-2020 at the 69th World Health Assembly. The Strategy outlines a set of goals and strategic objectives to move towards a decade of Healthy Ageing beginning in 2020, and an action plan to achieve those goals.

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