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. (Source: WHO)
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 assess 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.
The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2021-2030 the Decade of Healthy Ageing, which brings a variety of stakeholders to work together to improve the lives of older people, their families, and the communities. https://www.who.int/initiatives/decade-of-healthy-ageing
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