Ageing and life-course

International Day of Older Persons - 1 October

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Kate Holt / HelpAge International

Take a Stand Against Ageism

The theme for this year is “Take a Stand Against Ageism”. In coordination with our global partners, WHO supports the campaign against ageism, recognizing the serious and insidious impact of ageist attitudes and practices on the lives of older persons.

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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 about public health implications of ageing populations

Life expectancy

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

Read about combatting ageism

The Voices of Older Adults on Ageism