World Health Day 2012: "What can you do to have a healthy old age?"

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Summary

As part of its World Health Day 2012 campaign to promote healthy ageing, the World Health Organization in the Western Pacific interviewed people in 10 countries – China, Japan, Kiribati, the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Mongolia, the Philippines, Samoa, Singapore and Viet Nam. It asked them: "What can you do to have a healthy old age?"

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WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific

Publication details
Publication date: 7 April 2012
Languages: English


Overview

Humanity is getting older, and fast. Indeed, there will soon be more older people than children, a historic first. This is a significant public health achievement. At the same time, it means that society will have to prepare itself to respond to a predictable increase of age-related health problems.

How we age depends in large part on how we care for ourselves when we are young. Healthy conditions and behaviours in our earlier years can help us to stay healthy as we age. This includes eating right, being physically active and avoiding tobacco and the harmful use of alcohol.

As part of its World Health Day 2012 campaign to promote healthy ageing, the World Health Organization asked people in 10 Western Pacific countries, "What can you do to have a healthy old age?" Their responses showed the amazing extent to which conventional wisdom about healthy conditions and behaviours corresponds with the evidence-based advice of health experts.

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