Ageing and life-course

Integrated Care for Older People


As people grow older, their health needs are likely to become more complex and chronic. Yet most health systems are better designed to address acute health conditions and often operate independently of long-term-care systems, which can lead to poorer outcomes.

The WHO Integrated Care for Older People (ICOPE) programme addresses individual and systems level changes needed to respond to the needs of older people with a focus on reorienting primary care providers and health systems to:

  • ● respond to the great diversity in physical and mental    capacities of older populations;
  • ● provide care that is person-centred and integrated across    health care services, settings, and coordinated with social    care.


An older woman examines a patient.
WHO/Tom Pietrasik

Many primary care providers need support on how to assess the health status of older people and address their needs. The ICOPE Guidelines provide the best available evidence to guide clinical practice.

Country Toolkit

An older man writes in a notebook.
Robin Wyatt/Helpage International

Health systems must transform to provide person-centred and integrated care for older people. The ICOPE Country Toolkit, under development, will provide learning modules that can guide managers in national health systems to develop, monitor and evaluate services in ways that can support quality care for older people.


An older woman uses a mobile phone.
Judith Escribano/Age International

An integrated care system for older people means that older adults get the health care they need - where and when they need it. mAgeing uses mobile technology to promote healthy practices and support older people outside the clinical setting.