By 2050, the number of individuals aged 60 years or above will have tripled from 600 million in 2000 to two billion; 80 per cent of them will live in low or middle-income countries.
Older people remain one of the most vulnerable and excluded groups in society. Through a rights-based approach that aims to preserve the dignity of people of all ages, the IFRC is committed to making the ‘last mile’ it’s collective ‘first mile’ and ensure that nobody is left behind without access to adequate healthcare and social links that are so important to a person’s mental and physical wellbeing
National Societies have several ongoing programs and services for older people that foster healthy ageing and promote intergenerational solidarity. Together, we have developed and tested evidence-based tools to support healthy ageing at the community level that value older people as vital asses to their families, friends, and communities . These tools and programs are grounded in life-course approach that focuses on empowerment and the promotion of human dignity, with an emphasis on tackling discrimination, stigma, and ageism.
IFRC is also a member of core group steering committee meetings to develop a global plan of action to tackle ageism alongside the WHO, HelpAge International, International Federation on Ageing, and others. IFRC works closely with the WHO ageing department and its network of partners to advocate for the transformation of health systems towards integrated care focused on the needs of older people. We envision a world where everyone can thrive and lead healthy, dignified lives.