Facts on Ageing

By the year 2050, the number of humans aged 60 or older will grow from 900 million to over 2 billion. That means they'll comprise around 22% of the global population.

Older people today aren’t necessarily healthier than their parents. The proportion of seniors needing help with basic tasks like eating and washing has gone down in wealthy countries over the past 30 years. But not much has changed when it comes to less severe limitations in functioning.

Old age is all about non-communicable diseases. Whether you're in a rich or poor country, the biggest threats to older folks are heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and chronic lung disease.

Age alone doesn't necessarily determine how well someone is doing.

Your health as you age isn’t just luck. Genetics play a part, but most of it comes down to your environment and how you live. The physical and social conditions you're in and the choices you make all add up.

We need to change how we think about aging and health. Being healthy when you're older shouldn't just mean not being sick. Healthy aging means being able to do the things that matter to you.

Long-term care is essential for all countries. Some places need to start from scratch and build a system. Others may need to re-tune their current ones.