World health organization

10 facts on ageing and the life course

A man holding a young child in Pakistan
WHO

Older people in low- and middle-income countries carry a greater disease burden than those in the rich world

Older people in low- and middle-income countries have around three times the number of years lost to premature death from heart disease, stroke, and chronic lung disease. They also have much higher rates of visual impairment and hearing loss. Many of these problems can be easily and cheaply prevented.

© WHO. All rights reserved.