Meeting the nutritional needs of older persons

The World Health Organization promotes health and well-being throughout the life course; this includes the attainment of the highest possible level of health and quality of life for the largest number of older persons, who are defined as people over 60 years of age.

In order to achieve the ultimate goal of healthy ageing and active ageing, WHO has developed a policy framework, which focuses on such areas as:

  • preventing and reducing the burden of disabilities, chronic disease and premature mortality;
  • reducing the risk factors associated with noncommunicable diseases and functional decline as individuals age, while increasing factors that protect health;
  • enacting policies and strategies that provide a continuum of care for people with chronic illness or disabilities;
  • providing training and education to formal and informal carers; ensuring the protection, safety and dignity of ageing individuals;
  • and enabling people as they age to maintain their contribution to economic development, to activity in the formal and informal sectors, and to their communities and families.

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