03 APRIL 2012 | GENEVA – On World Health Day (7 April), WHO is calling for urgent action to ensure that, at a time when the world’s population is ageing rapidly, people reach old age in the best possible health.
In the next few years, for the first time, there will be more people in the world aged over 60 than children aged less than five. By 2050, 80% of the world’s older people will be living in low- and middle-income countries.
Noncommunicable diseases – the main health risk for older people
The main health challenges for older people everywhere are noncommunicable diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and chronic lung disease.
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WHO-World Health Day 2012 – Good Health Adds Life to Years