The Decade of Healthy Aging in the Americas (2021-2030)


The Decade of Healthy Aging 2021-2030 is the main strategy for achieving and supporting actions to build a society for all ages. It builds on previous guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO), including: the WHO Global Strategy on Ageing and Health, the United Nations Madrid International Plan of Action on Aging and the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations Agenda 2030.

In May 2020, the UN General Assembly declared 2021-2030 the Decade of Healthy Aging. This global initiative will consist of ten years of concerted, catalytic, and sustained collaboration. Older people will be the focus of the plan, which will bring together the efforts of governments, civil society, international agencies, professionals, academia, the media and the private sector to improve the lives of older people, their families and communities.

The implications of current demographic changes and the epidemiological transition are crucial for societies to be prepared to care for an aging population. In the Americas region, it is even more important as population aging is occurring rapidly with many misconceptions. Although people are living longer, it does not mean that they are living in good health and having their needs met.

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is leading the concerted agenda of the Decade of Healthy Aging 2021-2030 in the Americas. All actions included in the global initiative's plan for the region are reported and highlighted on this web page.