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10 facts on ageing and the life course

A man having a medical check-up in China

Effective, community-level primary health care for older people is crucial

Good care is important for promoting older people's health, preventing disease and managing chronic illnesses. Most training for health professionals does not include instruction about specific care for older people. However, health workers will increasingly spend more of their time caring for this section of the population. WHO maintains that all health providers should be trained on ageing issues.

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