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 ofolder people as well as their social participation and security.
FACTS ABOUT AGEING
The world population is rapidly ageing
Low- and middle-income countries will experience the most rapid and dramatic demographic change. The world will have more people who live to see their 80s or 90s than ever before
How well we age depends on many factors. Even in poor countries, most older people die of noncommunicable diseases. Globally, many older people are at risk of maltreatment
The need for long-term care is rising. As people live longer, worldwide, there will be a dramatic increase in the number of people with forms of dementia such as Alzheimer's disease. In emergency situations, older people can be especially vulnerable