World Health Day 2012 is dedicated to Healthy Aging, an important issue that resonates in our society’s current demographic transition.
Efforts surrounding World Health Day 2012 seek to raise awareness of not only the challenges that accompany an aging population, but also the opportunities that can be had. World Healthy day events also are intended to build commitment to policies, programs and social movements that facilitate healthy longevity.
Message from Dr. Mirta Roses Periago
Aging in the Americas
By 2020 the Americas will have 200 million older people, almost double that of 2006 and with more than half living in Latin America and the Caribbean. The increase in life expectancy and consequent growth in the older population has brought about a health transition characterized by a rise in non-communicable disease and disability and a wider demand for healthcare.
The next 40 years, when population trends will tend to lean with economic growth, is a window of opportunity to prepare for the aging population.
Symposium for World Health Day on Healthy Aging
The recording of the symposium and panel discussion held on April 12, 2012, can be found here.
World Health Day in the News
- Washington, D.C., Declares April 12 “World Health Day” and Joins PAHO to Promote Healthy Aging
The city of Washington, D.C., is joining the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in celebrating World Health Day 2012, which is...
- World Health Day: With a Growing Population of Older Adults, the Challenge Is to Ensure Healthy Aging
Increased life expectancy and a growing population of older adults in the Americas presents challenges as well as opportunities to take actions in the region to ensure their health. This is the appeal of Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO on the occasion of World Health Day, which this year focuses on healthy aging.
- Governor of Massachusetts Proclaims 7 April to be World Health Day
Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick proclaimed 7 April 2012 to be World Health Day and urged citizens to participate in the day’s events, which this year...
- PAHO/WHO Publishes Guidelines for Mainstreaming the Needs of Older Persons in Disaster Situations in the Caribbean
To celebrate the World Health Day that this year has a focus on healthy aging, the area of Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief...
- Making cities and communities age-friendly is an effective policy to ensure a healthier ageing process
Making cities and communities age-friendly is one of the most effective policy approaches for ensuring a healthier ageing...
- Innovations for Healthy Aging
Restricted mobility and social isolation do not have to go hand in hand with getting old. In the run up to World Health Day, April 7, this issue of the WHO Bulletin reports on the potential of...
Support for WHO's Global Healthy Aging Initiative
- America Walks
America Walks commends the World Health Organization on its’ effort to build a strong global infrastructure for older adults. America Walks supports the right of older adults to age in place and is committed to providing safe, walkable communities that promote self-sufficiency by enhancing independence and mobility.