On World Health Day (7 April), WHO is calling for urgent action to ensure that, at a time when the world’s population is ageing rapidly, people reach old age in the best possible health. Due to better living conditions and advancement of science and technology the  human lifespan has increased. In the next few years, for the first time, there will be more people in the world aged over 60 than children aged less than five. By 2050, 80% of the world’s older people will be living in low- and middle-income countries. Poor health is not the only concern people have as they grow older. Stigmatizing attitudes and common stereotypes often prevent older people from participating fully in society. 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.

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