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10 facts on ageing and the life course

A group of older men playing Chinlone in a compound of a monastery at Kyimyindaing Township, in Yangon, Myanmar.
EPA/Lynn Bo Bo

Comprehensive public health action will require fundamental shifts in how we think about ageing and health

Health in older age shouldn’t be defined by the absence of disease. Healthy Ageing is achievable by every older person. It is a process that enables older people to continue to do the things that are important to them.

While health and social care expenditures for older people are often viewed as costs to society they should be understood as investments in realising opportunities and enabling older people to continue to make their many positive contributions.

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