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More seniors – The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that between 2000 and 2050, the proportion of the world’s population over 60 years will double from about 11% to 22%. Life over 60 doesn’t mean that positive lifestyle and outlook changes can’t be made.
- 400 million – By 2050, the world will have almost 400 million people aged 80 years or older.
- 80% – By 2050, 80% of older peole will live in low- and middle-income countries.
- Help needed – The number of older people who are no longer able to look after themselves in developing countries is forecast to quadruple by 2050.
- The main health burdens of older people are from non-communicable diseases.
- WHO maintains that all health providers should be trained on ageing issues.
- Creating “age-friendly” physical and social environments can have a big impact on improving the active participation and independence of older people.
- The risk of premature death decreases by 50% if someone gives up smoking between 60 and 75 years of age.