Globally, 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 brings both new challenges and opportunities for public health and socioeconomic development.
The fact that people are now getting older has been a success story for public health policies and for socioeconomic development. However it will also increase demand for primary health care and long-term care, require a larger and better trained workforce and intensify the need for cities and surroundings to be made more age-friendly.
Investing in older people can enable more contributions of them to society at large – whether it be within their family, in their local community (e.g. as volunteers or within the formal or informal workforce) or to society more broadly.
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