Over the past century, humanity has been adding years to life. This century, the world will soon have more older people than children. World Health Day 2012 focuses on how good health can add life to years, enabling older men and women to not only live longer, but also to extend their active involvement in all levels of society. The experience of ageing in the 21st century will be very different from that in the last century. We need to reinvent ageing. On World Health Day, WHO invites you to think about the sort of society we want to create and consider the policies and action we need to put in place to anticipate and respond to population ageing, with health at the core. World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April to mark the founding of WHO. Each year, the Organization selects a key global health issue and organizes international, regional and local events on the Day and throughout the year to highlight the selected area.
Message from Dr. Mirta Roses
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.
Ageing and health: Good health adds life to years
The topic of World Health Day in 2012 is Ageing and health with the theme "Good health adds life to years". The focus is how good health throughout life can help older men and women lead full and productive lives and be a resource for their families and communities. Ageing concerns each and every one of us – whether young or old, male or female, rich or poor – no matter where we live.
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