International Day of Older Persons 2016 – What are the healthcare challenges ahead for an aging population?

As many of you know today is International Day of Older People 2016.

With an aging global population it is interesting to see what challenges lie ahead.

This infographic gives a quick run down.

But our question to you is how can we meet these challenges?

Healthy ageing
Healthy ageing

International Day of Older Persons – Facebook Q&A session on Ageism and Health

International Day of Older Persons
International Day of Older Persons

Ageism is a pervasive and serious form of stereotyping and discrimination that has a significant negative impact on one’s health. Ageism is everywhere – in popular culture, in language, and policies such as mandatory retirement ages. These attitudes and practices marginalize older adults and leads to their exclusion from society. Research shows that negative attitudes towards ageing can even shorten one’s life by 7.5 years.

To mark the International Day of Older Persons on 1 October, WHO is organizing a live Q&A session via Facebook on this year’s theme, “Take A Stand Against Ageism”.  One of our experts will take questions directly from the audience. Questions can also be submitted in advance to healthyageing@who.int with the subject line “Facebook Live”.

Topic: Ageism, population ageing and health

Speaker: Dr John Beard, Director, Department of Ageing and Life Course, World Health Organization

When: Friday, 30 September 2016 at 16h00 Central European Summer Time (10h00 Washington DC, 15h00 London, 22h30 Beijing)

How to connect: Visit http://www.facebook.com/WHO.