Ageing

In almost every country, the proportion of people aged over 60 years is growing faster than any other age group, as a result of both longer life expectancy and declining fertility rates. This population ageing can be seen as a success story for public health policies and for socioeconomic development, but it also challenges society to adapt, in order to maximize the health and functional capacity of older people as well as their social participation and security.

The Centre works closely with colleagues from around the world to conduct research on age-friendly environments, including the development of indicators for age-friendly cities. Taking advantage of its location in Japan, the Centre draws upon the specific expertise and experience of Japan. In collaboration with Japanese researchers the Centre is conducting research on identifying interventions and policies that can add healthy years to life.

fact buffet

395 millionthe number of people living to be 80 worldwide by 2050

Q&A on ageing

50 yearsthe difference in life expectancy of a Chilean women between 1910 (33 years) and 2010 (82 years)

Fact file on ageing

25%estimated percentage of the population over 85 years old by 2030 in Japan

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World Health Organization Centre for Health Development
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