Bulletin of the World Health Organization

The Bulletin series: ageing and health

The Bulletin highlights ageing and health -- the theme of World Health Day 2012 -- in a new series of articles

Elderly people in the Republic of Korea, one of four countries with a long-term care insurance system

The proportion of people aged over 60 years is growing faster than any other age group in most countries. But while population ageing is a success story for public health policies and for socioeconomic development, it throws up many challenges, such as social adaptation, health care funding and sustainability of health and care systems. This series of three WHO Bulletin articles is devoted to the ageing and health, the theme of World Health Day 2012. The series looks at these challenges and how countries are finding solutions.

This elderly woman lives in a German nursing home.

January 2012: Defusing the demographic “time-bomb” in Germany

Older people in Thailand working out.

February 2012: The health-care challenges posed by population ageing

Learning to use the internet is helping these older people to engage with society.

March 2012: Connecting and caring: innovations for healthy ageing

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