Ageing and life-course

International Day of Older Persons - 1 October

woman from zimbabwe smiling
Kate Holt / HelpAge International

Take a Stand Against Ageism

1 October 2016 - The theme for 2016’s International Day of Older Persons was “Take a Stand Against Ageism.” Research has shown that thinking more positively about ageing can increase life expectancy by 7.5 years. In recognising the serious and insidious impact of ageist attitudes and practices on the lives of older persons, WHO supported a global campaign against ageism in coordination with partners around the world.

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Older persons

2 billionpeople will be over 60 years old by 2050

Read the ageing fact sheet


80%of people over 60 will live in low- and middle-income countries by 2050.

Read the World report on ageing and health 2015

Life expectancy

7.5 yearsincrease in life expectancy when one thinks positively about ageing.

Read about combatting ageism