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Making health services age-friendly

ADA Making health services age-friendly Age Demands Action HelpAge International global network The world's population is rapidly ageing In 2050 2.02bn will be aged 60 or over By 2050 the proportion is projected to rise to 80% In 2014 66% of the world's 60+ live Sin low- and- middle- income 868m were aged 60 or over countries Ageing and a healthy life course There is considerable variation in the number of years a person of 60 can expect to live and the number of years they can expect to live in good health. The lowest value for life expectancy at 60 was measured in 7 countries, namely Afghanistan, Malawi, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda. 24.3 22.1 19.3 19.7 17.1 16.5 17.9 13.4 14.8 15.2 Asia Pacific and West Bank and Gaza Western Europe, North America and Australasia Africa Latin America and Eastern Europe the Caribbean life expectancy at 60 healthy life expectancy at 60 Japan has the highest values for both life expectancy and healthy life expectancy at 60. Afghanistan has one of the lowest values for life 26 16 20.3 expectancy and the lowest value for 9.2 healthy life expectancy at 60. go. By 2050 the number of older people in developing countries, who are no longer able to look after themselves is going to quadruple. Present 2050 The main causes for losing their ability to live independently are limited mobility frailty and other health problems mental health problems + Ageing and non-communicable diseases The risk of dementia rises sharply with age, with an estimated 25-30% of people aged 85+ having some degree of cognitive decline. 25 - 30% 2/3 of the 177 million people with type-2 diabetes are estimated to live in the developing world. 2/3 115m 71% will have Alzheimer's of those will live in low- and middle- disease or other dementias by 2050. income countries. Lebanon of older refugees were affected by one or more NCDS. 54% Jordan of these, 65% also show signs of psychological distress. 65% Research in both countries showed X Ageing and nutrition -lin 9 Roughly A survey carried out in Ethiopia suggests that between 1,100 and 2,200 people aged 50+ are in need of nutrition support. worldwide are still chronically undernourished. Get involved this World Health Day This World Health Day our Age Demands Action on Health campaigners are demanding access to age-friendly health services for older people in 35 countries Find out how older people are faring in your country at Follow us on social media for live updates #HealthForAll HelpAge Internationa Sources Global AgeWatch Index, HelpAge International 2014 ( Ageing and Life Course 2014, World Health Organization ( State of Food Insecurity in the World, Food and Agriculture Organization 2014 ( Needs assessment survey of older people in Kolfe Keranyio, Addis Ababa, HelpAge International 2014. Hidden victims of the Syrian crisis: disabled, injured and older refugees, HelpAge International and Handicap International 2014. @helpage #HealthForAll f HelpAgelnternational Jonas Wresch/ HelpAge International

Making health services age-friendly

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To mark this year's World Health Day, I designed an infographic showing trends of population ageing and it's impact on a healthy life course. For more, please visit:


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